Federal court deals blow to Minn. driver data snooping cases

Eric Roper reports:

Television personalities, a state representative and Mrs. Minnesota United States 2007 were among the local luminaries who failed to prove that police officers improperly snooped into their driver’s license records, a federal appeals court ruled this week.

The opinion is the latest blow to plaintiffs who have swamped cities and counties across the state with lawsuits in recent years, alleging that police and other public employees wrongly accessed their private data. About 50 plaintiffs are still pursuing cases, according to the League of Minnesota Cities, but successive court rulings have severely narrowed which queries of the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services database should be considered improper.

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