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Old 07-21-2011, 10:44 PM
 
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Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info
Judge Says Info Selling Legal
by Jeff Weinsier
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
UPDATED: 12:41 am EDT July 20, 2011
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Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info - Miami News Story - WPLG Miami





MIAMI -- The state of Florida made $63 million last year selling what many think is personal information.
Local 10 has learned the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is selling people's names, addresses, dates of birth, a list of the vehicles they drive, and it's legal.
"Per federal mandate, there are companies that are entitled to this information. Insurance companies, for example, are entitled to this information. Employers are entitled to this information," said Ann Howard of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The state is currently selling this information to companies including Lexus Nexus and Shadow Soft. Those companies gather data on people and then sell that data. The companies must sign contracts with state claiming they won't harass people.
"This information cannot be sold to a company that plans to solicit business, such as companies that want you to come to their ice cream store or companies that want you to buy their vehicles," Howard said.
The state does not sell Social Security numbers or driver's license numbers, and a Florida judge said what the state is doing is legal.
No one outside the driver's license office in Lauderhill believed it.
"This is my own personal information, and I don't think it should be out there," said John Platt.
"You're kidding me," said Bebe Neice
"That's crazy. I didn't have a clue about it," said Mischka Peralto.
The state said selling the information is also a matter of public safety. There are 15.5 million registered drivers in Florida, and the state charges companies 1 cent per electronic file. If a vehicle is recalled, the state of Florida has the latest and most current information on who owns that vehicle, so the manufacturer can notify the owners of the recall.
Only judges and law enforcement officers can request their personal information not be sold.
"If a company violates the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, they do face federal charges and federal fines," Howard said.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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Look at it as $63 million that wont come out of peoples taxes..
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Your info is sold over and over by your banks, credit cards, phones, cable etc.

It is called a mailing list and if a company can sell your info they will.

It is huge profits to companies who do this.

There are many mailing list companies who specialize is obtaining and re selling your name.

I agree with Jambo, better this then higher taxes.

The only issue I would have is what they are doing with the money.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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'Only judges and law enforcement officers can request their personal information not be sold.' [1]


The key word here is 'personal.'

Since that information is mandatory to obtain a driver's license, which in this country is almost obligatory to survive, then the state of Florida is essentially forcing its citizens to violate their Constitutional rights.

No surprise some judge should rule such practices are legal, but history is repeat with bad court rulings through time, including the US Supreme Court.

Wrong on a variety of levels.


1) 'Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info,' Local10.com
Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info - Miami News Story - WPLG Miami
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:51 AM
 
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Your info is sold over and over by your banks, credit cards, phones, cable etc.

It is called a mailing list and if a company can sell your info they will.

It is huge profits to companies who do this.

There are many mailing list companies who specialize is obtaining and re selling your name.

I agree with Jambo, better this then higher taxes.

The only issue I would have is what they are doing with the money.
Everything you do generates something that can be used. My friend had a stroke and he has been getting things from people trying to sell cemetery plots to cryogenics. You are nothing but a dollar sign in this world from the time you are born till you die.
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:18 PM
 
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'Only judges and law enforcement officers can request their personal information not be sold.' [1]


The key word here is 'personal.'

Since that information is mandatory to obtain a driver's license, which in this country is almost obligatory to survive, then the state of Florida is essentially forcing its citizens to violate their Constitutional rights.

No surprise some judge should rule such practices are legal, but history is repeat with bad court rulings through time, including the US Supreme Court.

Wrong on a variety of levels.
1) 'Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info,' Local10.com
Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info - Miami News Story - WPLG Miami

I mentioned this awhile back to people, who seem to think I was making it up. The state of FL would never sell your information apparently.

I agree. You are coerced, basically. Very different from choosing to do business w/ a private company. Thinking it is related to taxes, is mind boggling.

Do you know FL finished 2010 appearing to show net assets of 58bil? (Plenty of "wealth" that isn't even included in that figure btw) How do you think profiting off of your information has any bearing on taxes?

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