From the Des Moines Register, here’s another case where an insider is accused of misusing or abusing his access to official databases:
Humboldt’s police chief has been suspended over allegations that he improperly used driver’s license and criminal history information available only to law enforcement officials.
City Administrator Lorie Bennett on Friday confirmed that state crime agents have launched an investigation of Police Chief Matthew Dominick, who was suspended Monday for up to 30 days. Officials expect the criminal probe to take up to a month. […]
Jensen said Dominick “released information about someone’s driving history and details of a person’s criminal history that he shouldn’t have.” […]
Jensen would not identify the person about whom Dominick divulged information or whom he allegedly divulged it to. “I was disappointed, of course, that an official would do that. It gives the city a black eye and opens us up to possible lawsuits,” Jensen said. “If there are criminal charges filed, it would result in his release from the city.”
Recently, I reviewed some recent cases where an insider is able to avoid security precautions and access data gathered for other purposes. For example, in May, the Boston Globe reported that the Massachusetts state auditor has found misuse by law enforcement officials of the criminal records system. I was discussing the insider misuse problem in light of news that President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration had been censured for misusing government data for personal reasons.