TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
A federal judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit can be filed against Florida over the sale of personal driver's license information to a private firm.
The lawsuit claims the state, specifically the Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, improperly sold about 30 million
personal records between 2005 and 2009 to Shadowsoft Inc., an
Irving, Texas-based Internet marketer. Shadowsoft then sold the
information to other firms that target consumers.
An attorney representing the drivers state that the sales violate a federal statute banning the disclosure of personal information from driver's licenses. Howard Bushman says addresses, dates of birth and possibly Social Security numbers were released.
The judge in Tallahassee ruled earlier this month that affected
drivers can become members of the suit.