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A former female police officer, suspecting randy colleagues were abusing Minnesota’s driver’s license database to look her up, discovered that 104 officers in 18 different agencies across the state had accessed her driver’s license record 425 times, using the state database as their personal Facebook service.
The cops could be fired if an internal investigation finds that they violated a federal privacy law, in what could be one of the largest private data breaches by law enforcement in history, according to the Minneapolis independent paper City Pages, which broke the story.
"Why aren't the officers being chared with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? Oh right, those who enforce the laws are exempt from the laws."
The officer who looked at Rasmusson’s record 13 times was subsequently demoted and received a five-day suspension, the harshest penalty anyone has received so far. Others have had warning letters placed in their files or were sent for training.
But according to City Pages, Minneapolis hasn’t disciplined any of the 24 officers who looked up Rasmusson’s record, and St. Paul absolved four of its officers. The city is still considering discipline for 38 others under investigation.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by brill
She doesn't know why so many people were looking at her picture ..... and neither do I.. it's not like she was exceptionally attractive?
Originally posted by elmoastro
Here's the original story from City Pages (Minneapolis local music/arts rag).
Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a drivers license?
The agencies involved have maintained that this is an isolated incident. But one officer, who would not use his name for fear of further discipline, says that the practice is commonplace.
"I get Anne's side of it," he says. "But every single cop in the state has done this. Chiefs on down."
Originally posted by schuyler
Oh. My. God! Do you mean to tell me that police officers used a drivers license database to look at a...a...a...picture of another officer? What an extraordinary abuse of power! If an Iranian Christian is to be executed for apostasy, then surely these people should be executed as well. I don't really see how this officer can ever recover from this abuse. She should claim PTSD for the shame, shock, and emotional pain they have inflicted upon her by looking at her drivers license pictture. Surely it's worth a few million and a disability retirement.
......other useless rambling....