Florida DMV caught selling personal information

WPTVA Florida woman is blaming the state government for an onslaught of robocalls and direct mail offers –- accusations that come as the Scripps station WFTS in Tampa uncovered that the DMV makes millions by selling Florida drivers' personal information to outside companies, including marketing firms.

WFTS I-Team Investigator Adam Walser obtained records showing the state sold information on Florida drivers and ID cardholders to more than 30 private companies, including marketing firms, bill collectors, insurance companies and data brokers in the business of reselling information.

It should be illegal to use this type of data -- submitted to the government only as a condition of operating a vehicle in public -- for anything other than the intended use.

The same standard should apply to private companies. Customer information is not a commodity to be sold.

Of course, in Florida, it's already against the law. Honored in the breach, I suppose.

This entry was published Sun Jul 28 06:08:48 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-07-28 06:08:48.0. [Tweet]

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