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(Wired)   If a cop looks up your driver's license record without a good reason you could win a million dollars. Well, you couldn't, but she did   (wired.com ) divider line
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18664 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Nov 2012 at 5:30 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-06 05:39:28 PM  
4 votes:
while that dollar amount sounds alarmingly high, if you read the article, they were abusing the police database, looking up her picture for non-police related duties.

That shiat -is- frowned upon, and is quite illegal.
2012-11-06 05:37:19 PM  
4 votes:
Police officers, please stop breaking the law.
2012-11-06 06:51:36 PM  
2 votes:

IRQ12: [ ] Do not look up peoples information without probable cause, if they are in a position to find out.


Smart people know this, but remember, these are cops.
2012-11-06 10:08:13 PM  
1 vote:

Dwangerous: What a bunch of farking d-bags, these frat boy biatches probably had a running pool to see who could nail her. These cops can't even be trusted to respect the privacy their own how the hell can they be trusted to protect a citizen. Every one these guys should at the very least be held personally responsible for the financial hit the state will take on behalf of their action

No I'm not "white knighting" her, I just look for any excuse to remind people that most cops are nothing more than a gang with cool cars and weapons, the only difference being the spiffy matching uniforms.


but you're right. the dicks who did the deeds should be paying the fine. somehow i get the feeling the money will be coming from tax payers who did nothing to deserve the screwing they are getting. proving once again, if you can get over that whole "wow am I a dickhead" thing, it's great to be a cop.
2012-11-06 09:01:31 PM  
1 vote:
Can anyone explain to me why these cops shouldn't be offered a choice between 500 hours of community service plus paying their portion of the settlement (fine and court/lawyer fees) or resigning without pension and benefits? They should be held to higher standards than everyone else.
2012-11-06 06:57:46 PM  
1 vote:

stonicus: Apparently so. It's still illegal. They don't have carte blance to just scour people's records on a whim.


Total agreement. I just think there's a line between "immature and unprofessional" and "creepy".

"Immature and unprofessional" is looking up a picture of a chubby girl and laughing at her with your friends.

"Creepy" is tracking her down and telling her you did it. A couple of those cops should not be employed anymore.
2012-11-06 06:53:13 PM  
1 vote:

ArcadianRefugee: Mr. Carpenter: snuff3r: Wow, that seems a little excessive.

And by a little i mean a farking lot.

If you read the article you'd know that the fine for illegally accessing the database of confidential information is only $2500 per infraction


Followed by "accessed her driver's license record more than 400 times".


Which is why I went on to say that multiple agencies committed hundreds of infractions. If this had just been a once off affair the punishment would have been light, but what this shows is systematic and institutional disregard for the laws regarding individual privacy and confidential information.

Honestly, in addition to these fines instead of some BS training protocal each officer should be demoted, have their pay docked and/or fired depending on how many times they accessed the info and used it.
2012-11-06 06:51:06 PM  
1 vote:
She deserved the money. They abused their access to violate her privacy time and again. Cases like hers are the only thing giving average people privacy at all.
2012-11-06 06:39:10 PM  
1 vote:

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener


I just *KNEW* there was something crooked behind the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes...


As I live and breathe, it's TMLO! Welcome back. :-)
2012-11-06 06:29:08 PM  
1 vote:

Pantubo: That's great that the actions of this 104 jerk cops will cost $1 million... for the taxpayers.


Any of these jerks could have saved taxpayers $2,500 by thinking to themselves, at the moment their laughing jerk colleague suggested they pull up the record, "no, that's wrong, I am not going to do that and am instead going to be a grown man and a professional".

Any of them could have saved taxpayers even more by following that up with "I think I'd better report this to someone who can do something about it right away". This is all squarely the fault of those involved.

cherryl taggart: This woman, knowing just how much info the cops have access to, was probably going out of her mind with fear.


There's obviously a lot more going on in this story, but she apparently actually moved out of town, bought a rural property, changed her phone number, and asked her family not to share her new address.
2012-11-06 06:19:05 PM  
1 vote:

Pantubo: That's great that the actions of this dozens of jerk cops in multiple offices will cost $1 million... for the taxpayers.


FTFY. And yes, it's great that the taxpayers in all of those jurisdictions get to hear about this on a day when they to go vote whether to keep their local Sheriff, District Attorney, etc. Don't like paying out the fees for this negligent supervision? Then clean your house.
2012-11-06 06:12:19 PM  
1 vote:
I liked the part where all the basically all of the cops skated over it. Apparently abusing the police DB is just a perk of being a cop, and covering the fines a service the city taxpayers provide.

Hopefully whoever's running against those mayors will be able to bring this up.
2012-11-06 06:05:13 PM  
1 vote:
I think it would only be fair if they published those cops' names, photos, phone numbers, and home addresses.

/"But you can't do that! It's dangerous! They'll be targeted!"
"Exactly."
2012-11-06 05:57:36 PM  
1 vote:
meanwhile all you Farkettes and all our ex-girlfriends, ex-wives, GF's, wives, moms, sisters, aunts, nieces and every other female who has been trolled by men in police uniforms that pulled them over just to try and hit on them - you get nothing.
2012-11-06 05:53:15 PM  
1 vote:

Rreal: while that dollar amount sounds alarmingly high, if you read the article, they were abusing the police database, looking up her picture for non-police related duties.

That shiat -is- frowned upon, and is quite illegal.


It gets worse, too... According to one of the articles linked in this one:
Rasmusson also began receiving unsolicited dating offers from cops. An officer she'd met briefly years before texted her asking if she'd like to go boating. Confused by such a forward invitation from someone she could barely remember, she texted back, "I think you have the wrong Anne."

Moments later, the reply arrived: "I've definitely got the right Anne."

She politely declined.

Before long, she stopped seeing a man she'd been out with a couple of times. He didn't take it well, and continued calling, even cruising by her house. In a series of texts, the man said his friend, another police officer, had "filled him in" on her past, her dating life, and even the kind of car she was driving.

She told him never to contact her again.


This isn't just "hurr durr she's hot" but "let's all harass and stalk her," particularly because some of the surrounding context - she was a cop and had left the force after an injury, she was married to another cop and they divorced shortly before this all started, etc.
2012-11-06 05:53:02 PM  
1 vote:

snuff3r: Wow, that seems a little excessive.

And by a little i mean a farking lot.


If you read the article you'd know that the fine for illegally accessing the database of confidential information is only $2500 per infraction which is actually more than reasonable and possibly even a little bit low considering what kinds of abuses this can lead to.

The reason the total fine is so much money is because numerous departments had abused the database hundreds and hundreds of times. Saying it shouldn't be so high is like saying "I already got ticketed for going 120MPH in a 45, you can't ticket me again for doing that!"
2012-11-06 05:52:10 PM  
1 vote:

i478.photobucket.com




/I think I would be looking her up as well!
2012-11-06 05:48:23 PM  
1 vote:

Apos: We have a winner.


You're saying... I may already *be* one??? :D


Apos: And welcome back!


*tips hat*

Much obliged, amigo - thanks kindly!
2012-11-06 05:45:29 PM  
1 vote:

Jon iz teh kewl: how iz this illegal??


It's illegal if there is a law against it and you do it anyway.

Article says why the law is there.

-_-*
2012-11-06 05:45:14 PM  
1 vote:
Probable cause and all.

It would be like someone in the medical profession going back and pulling all of your old medical records for absolutely no reason.

Unless there's a specific reason for it (curiosity doesnt count), its illegal and an invasion of a person's private information.
2012-11-06 05:36:24 PM  
1 vote:
Wasn't there a creepy cop rapist from illinois who did that to stalk victims? And that's really friggin illegal!
2012-11-06 05:36:24 PM  
1 vote:
article is worthless.
2012-11-06 05:35:28 PM  
1 vote:
Well, she's cute, but not that cute. Cops really that hard up?
2012-11-06 04:23:09 PM  
1 vote:
OMG Someone looked at my driver's license photo! It's going to take at least $1M for me to get over this emotional trauma!
 
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