Several Northland Governments Named in Data Privacy Suit

Posted at: 09/12/2013 10:08 AM | Updated at: 09/12/2013 10:51 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Eighteen people say dozens of public workers across the state violated their privacy by looking up their personal data.

The group is filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Thursday against more than 50 counties, municipalities and multiple state officials.  Defendants named in the lawsuit include Lake County, St. Louis County, the City of Cloquet, the City of Deerwood, the City of Duluth, and the Fond du Lac (Tribal) Police Department.

A statement announcing the lawsuit says "government officials targeted citizens based on their political involvement." The citizens say their data was accessed more than 600 times.

Attorney Erick Kaardal tells The Winona Daily News about some of the cases in which data was accessed. A politician who marched in a parade and someone who wrote a letter to the editor are among those who claim their privacy was violated.

Kaardal says some of his clients include state lawmakers.

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