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Ex-Minnesota cop agrees to $665K over privacy claims

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -

A former police officer who accuses other law-enforcement officials of accessing her driver's-license information has reached tentative settlements.

Anne Marie Rasmusson, who worked for Eden Prairie and St. Paul, is poised to get about $665,000 in settlements from St. Paul and other municipalities.

She claims more than 140 officers looked at her license data hundreds of times between 2005 and 2012. Rasmusson said that means officers who took interest in her after her divorce and dramatic weight loss often knew her address or what kind of car she drove.

Rasmusson claimed that officers across the state began to develop an "uncomfortable interest" in her starting in 2007, which is when she began training for a body-sculpting competition.

In the $385,000 proposed settlement with St. Paul, the city doesn't admit wrongdoing but agreed to remove much of her information from some records.

A total of 61 St. Paul officers were accused of accessing her records 228 times. The city explained that it decided to settle because they risked paying a $2,500 fine for each offense.

Attorney Jon Iverson, who represents 16 other cities, says they've agreed to settle for $280,000.

A settlement with the city of Minneapolis is expected later this month.

Federal law protects the public from these types of abuses, but Rasmusson's attorneys say the practice will continue unless the individual departments change their policies.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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