MINNEAPOLIS - Four Minnesota women who were victims of the recent Department of Natural Resources data breach have filed a class action lawsuit that seeks damages of at least $10 million.
The lawsuit alleges DNR employee John Hunt accessed the driver's license records of more than 5,000 Minnesotans approximately 19,000 times without a legitimate reason.
The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Sapentia Law Group and Sieben Grose Von Holtum & Carey, names Hunt and several other DNR and Department of Public Safety employees.
"We've been getting calls from many of the people who received letters from the DNR stating that its employee had impermissibly viewed their private personal driver's license information," said Larry Fett, an attorney with Sapentia Law Group. "By filing this lawsuit, we intend to help them vindicate their rights."
The complaint alleges the victims were mostly women, and that Hunt's actions caused severe emotional stress and physical harm. It also claims the DNR and DPS have "lax policies and lax enforcement" that allowed for the intrusions, that the agencies showed "deliberate indifference," and that the DPS and DNR failed to train, supervise and monitor Hunt.
It says Hunt's actions are not unique, but is one example of government entities violating the Drivers Privacy Protection Act.
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