ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it's is notifying about 5,000 people after an employee accessed their driving and motor vehicle records without authorization.
The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the employee is no longer employed by the DNR. Spokesman Chris Niskanen says he can't elaborate on that.
"The DNR takes seriously its responsibility to protect private data," said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr in a written statement. "The DNR will not tolerate unauthorized access of private data. The agency is implementing additional employee training and looking into ways to monitor access to the data to ensure it doesn't happen again."
The DNR has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate. No charges have been filed so far.
DNR officials say the department's own investigation found no indication the data was sold, disclosed to others or used for criminal purposes. But the agency is advising the 5,000 affected people to monitor their credit reports.
The database is maintained by Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). The DVS records that were viewed include information such as full name, date of birth, driver's license number, address, driver's license status and driver's license photo.
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says his agency is looking into ways to monitor access to private data to ensure this doesn't happen again.