Monday, April 13, 2015

Union Employee Misused State's Driver License Database

An employee of a union office in New York has pleaded guilty to exceeding authorized access to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles Drivers License Database.

As a union employee he was allowed limited access the database to confirm union members had a current commercial driver's license. However he violated this limit by accessing the database to determine who owned a vehicle seen near a picket line.

"Such an inquiry was outside the scope of the agreement between [the union] and the NYS DMV." -
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Anthony M. Bruce
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Sources:
(a) Former Local 17 Business Agent Pleads Guilty to Misusing DMV Database - www.FBI.gov, 04/09/2015

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