DNR Data Breach Could Cost State Millions

Updated: 01/29/2013 7:51 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

Attorneys say an ex-DNR employee broke state and federal law and could cost the state millions.

Attorneys at Crowder, Teske, Katz & Micko have filed a class action complaint on behalf of a Washington County man and as many as 5,000 others whose personal drivers license information was wrongfully accessed by former DNR manager John A. Hunt.

Attorneys say the breach violates a federal law called The Drivers Privacy Protection Act.

In addition to possible damages and attorney fees, the law carries a $2,500 penalty for each breach. The DNR sent 5,000 letters notifying victims which means a suit could cost the department more than $12 million dollars.

Attorneys believe the number of victims may actually be closer to 20,000.

Victims include other DNR employees, celebrities, and several female anchors at KSTP.

Attorneys say the majority of victims are women.