Mpls. employee settles after private files viewed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis assistant attorney whose driver’s license file was secretly viewed by more than 100 police officers has reached a settlement with the city.

A Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/JDbhC4 ) says the City Council approved a $32,500 settlement with Paula Kruchowski last week.

Her attorney, Bill Tilton, says his client grew suspicious after she had several odd interactions with police employees. She eventually discovered at least 118 colleagues searched her file since 2003.

Tilton says Kruchowsi was distraught to realize her license photo and address were being viewed in secret by so many people.

A police spokeswoman says no internal investigation is being launched because the lookups occurred before employees were warned about proper usage of protected records.

City Attorney Susan Segal says protecting data privacy is important to the city.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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