Mpls. to pay $392K to settle privacy claims

Published 6:15 am Sunday, November 4, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis has approved paying $392,000 to settle claims by a former police officer who accused other officers of illegally accessing her driver’s license information.

Anne Marie Rasmusson has now garnered more than $1 million in settlements.

Rasmusson, who worked for Eden Prairie and St. Paul, claimed more than 140 officers looked at her private data between 2005 and 2012 without a legitimate reason.

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The Minneapolis City Council approved its settlement Friday. It follows settlements by St. Paul and other cities.

Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said her office weighed the potential costs of moving forward with the lawsuit, which would have included staff time, police time and the risk of paying attorney’s fees. Federal statutes also outline minimum damages of about $2,500 per unauthorized lookup.