Legislative auditor subpoenas MNLARS about possible data breach

The possible breach took place about two weeks ago.

Susie Jones
January 17, 2019 - 2:22 pm
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Minnesota Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles told lawmakers that he had to issue a subpoena to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to get them to provide information about a possible data breach with the Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, or MNLARS. He said it's the first time in 35 years he's had to issue a subpoena to a state agency. 

Nobles was questioned about it during a legislative audit commission meeting. 

"Mr. Nobles did you then under that subpoena receive that information in a timely fashion?," asked commission chair DFL Senator Ann Rest.

"Madam Chair, I had given them two weeks to provide the information and it was not forthcoming," said Nobles. 

He said only after he issued the subpoena on a Friday, the information was delivered--the next Monday. 

The possible breach took place about two weeks ago when MNLARS accidentally released the private information of 1,500 drivers. 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety sent letters to 1,500 motorists at the end of December alerting them that names and addresses they requested to have kept private were inadvertently sent to authorized users.

 

 

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