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." -It is unclear how this data privacy breach, which occurred in 2005, was discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect such breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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(a) Former Local 17 Business Agent Pleads Guilty to Misusing DMV Database - www.FBI.gov, 04/09/2015