Our View: Data miners have ally in Florida DMV

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THE ISSUE: Florida DMV sells personal information to data-mining companies. OUR OPINION: A bad practice that should end.

When you apply for a license to drive in the state, you are required to provide the Department of Motor Vehicles a lot of personal information, such as your Social Security number, your address and date of birth. This is information reasonably required by the state in order to license drivers.

But most people don’t know some of this data is being sold by the state to companies that resell the data to marketers, private investigators, credit reporting agencies and others that mine for data and resell it.


Last year, the state DMV made $63 million selling data on Florida drivers such as name, address and date of birth. They did not sell Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers.

And it is all perfectly legal. According to the DMV, misuse of this information is protected under the Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits the release of some personal information from state motor vehicle records and provides penalties for its misuse.

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