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Published April 27, 2012, 08:26 AM

Minnesota Drivers Cautioned about Vehicle Registration Records

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Thousands of drivers are being cautioned in Minnesota after an audit by the department of public safety discovered there had been unauthorized access into vehicle registration records.

Thousands of drivers are being cautioned in Minnesota after an audit by the department of public safety discovered there had been unauthorized access into vehicle registration records.

The Department of Public Safety has sent 3,700 drivers letters of caution telling them to monitor their credit reports because somebody obtained their information illegally.

During an audit, it was discovered an employee at a car dealership who has access to vehicle records gave system login information to a friend who works at a repossession agency.

It's suspected that individual, who does not have authorization, either viewed the data or let others in the company view the data.

A department spokesperson says they haven't pinpointed a single location and that this breach affects people all across the state.

Bruce Gordon – Communications Director, Minnesota Department of Safety: “We don't tolerate unauthorized access of vehicle records and we will hold people accountable. We have an audit system in place and we will continue to dress any abuse and illegal activity.”

Gordon told me unauthorized access is a violation of both federal and state law. The information has been turned over to law enforcement officials for further investigation and possible criminal charges.

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