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LICENSE BREACH: Lakeville woman files another suit over data access

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LAKEVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

There are now 10 separate lawsuits in Minnesota over driver's license data breaches now that a Lakeville woman has filed another suit in federal court.

The lawsuit filed by attorney Marshall Tanick doesn't just target the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, but also a range of cities and counties because as far as license data breaches go, Tanick says his client is the all-star.

"Right here in Minnesota, it's kind of ground zero for these kinds of cases," Tanick told FOX 9 News.

The list of defendants includes 14 cities, four counties, the Attorney General's Office, and the U.S. Postal Service inspector. Public employees from all those agencies are accused of looking at Hilary Devary's driver's license.

"I'm going through a mix of emotions right now," Devary told FOX 9 News. "I was sad. I was scared. I'm angry. Any given day, it's a different emotion. Mostly, I want answers as to why."

Devary and her husband both received letters from the DNR to let them know ex-employee John Hunt had looked them up. Like a lot of people, the couple said they didn't think much about it at first -- until they asked for a full audit, that is.

Hilary Devary was looked up more than 100 times, and her husband's driver's license was accessed about 50 times by public employees across the state who did not have any official reason to view their licenses.

Tanick has other clients, but none had more than a handful of unauthorized accesses.

"No one, to my knowledge, is remotely close to the number that occurred to Hilary and her husband," he told FOX 9 News.

Most of those views took place in March 2006, the day after a Pioneer Press article profiled her private eye business. More public employees checked out her DMV info -- sometimes just the photo -- after FOX 9 News interviewed her for her role in the Steven Cross case in 2011.

"The extent of the number of access points is very suggestive that law enforcement people were feeling that they could do this with impunity," Tanick said. "Now, it's time to hold them accountable."

According to Tanick, there are a total of 10 separate lawsuits over the license data breach, but he predicts they will be lumped together at some point -- and he believes the cases that have come forward so far are just the tip of the iceberg.

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