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February 5, 2014

KMSP anchor's lawsuit claims area cops were snooping

Kendall claims name searched more than 3,800 times

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The cities he is defending believe the lawsuits should be dismissed and they are against any changes to access rules for the DVS database. Access changes have been discussed by state legislators who said they are concerned about snooping and other privacy violations by people using the information for reasons that aren't related to law enforcement.

"This is a critical tool for police officers to do police work," Richardson said. "The vast majority of searches are for legitimate police purposes. In order for police to do their job, they need the information timely and accurately. That's our position."

Kendall's lawsuit is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. That lawsuit and others handled by Sapientia Law Group are also being used to stop illegal access to license data, Strauss said.

"Primarily, we want this to stop," Strauss said. "We want news reporters to be able to go about their work without law enforcement officers being electronic peeping Toms."

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