Legislative auditor issues subpoena to DPS regarding possible data breach

January 17, 2019 08:29 PM

Minnesota Legislative Auditor Jim Noble said Thursday that he had to issue a subpoena to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to gain information about a possible data breach.

According to Nobles, the breach involves the Minnesota Licensing and Registration system (MNLARS). 

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Nobles revealed he issued the subpoena at a hearing of the Legislative Audit Commission. 


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The legislative auditor said DPS provided the information after the subpoena was filed last month. According to Nobles, he is still not certain if the breach occurred or how many people were impacted. 

Nobles said this is the first time he has had to subpoena a state agency. 

Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, is the Republican Lead on the House Transportation Finance and Policy Division. And he wasted little time issuing a statement on the matter Thursday.

"It is astonishing that the Department of Public Safety refused information requests of our nonpartisan legislative auditor, and had to be subpoenaed in order to cooperate – the first time in 35 years the auditor has had to subpoena an agency," the statement read. "In the interest of full transparency, I urge Governor Walz to instruct his department to cooperate with Auditor Nobles and his team so we can begin to learn why this breach occurred and how we can prevent future data breaches moving forward."


 

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