Anne Marie Rasmusson names cops in data breach lawsuit
Anne Marie Rasmusson named the officers she alleges unlawfully accessed her private data
More than six months after filing her lawsuit, the former St. Paul cop alleging one of the largest-known private data breaches in law enforcement history is naming names.
Anne Marie Rasmusson--the subject of our February cover story, "Is This Woman Too Hot to Have a Driver's License?"--filed a lawsuit in March after discovering her driver's license information had been accessed 425 times by 104 officers between 2007 and 2011.
According to state data obtained by City Pages, Rasmusson's license was accessed an additional 174 times in 2006, bringing the total number of look-ups to just shy of 600.
"Each unauthorized use of her private information, made while acting under color of state law, violated Rasmusson's federal civil rights and constituted behavior prohibited by federal statute," the lawsuit states.
The suit also alleged that most of the officers who looked up her information were not disciplined, evidence that the "illegal access appears to be widespread and pervasive throughout departments, and is a custom and practice."
On Friday, Rasmusson's attorneys filed a motion to add all law enforcement agents' names to the civil complaint, in effect putting them in the public record. Embedded below, the court filing names officers from agencies across the state, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments.
Though no Minneapolis officers were disciplined, Rasmusson's case did lead to a change of policies regarding accessing Driver and Vehicle Services information for Minneapolis police, says department spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty.
"The change basically is the penalties for accessing this information -- if accessed not for law enforcement purposes -- are more severe," says McCarty.
St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla confirms an investigation is underway, but couldn't comment further.
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