$2M settlement over Minn. driver data snooping - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

$2M settlement over Minn. driver data snooping


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An insurance trust representing Minnesota counties has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit over driver's license data snooping.

The proposed settlement was presented Thursday in federal court.

The case involved a child support officer in Rock County, Janet Patten, who allegedly made more than 4,000 photo queries of the Driver and Vehicle Services database in 2010 and 2011.

Patten was fired and several law firms sued on behalf of about 3,000 people who received data breach letters. An investigation did not turn up any criminal intent.

Plaintiffs are attempting to certify the case as a class action, which would cover anyone who Patten illegitimately looked up during the specified time period.

The Star Tribune reports the settlement still must be approved by a federal judge.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.