Florida Sued Over Sale of Driver's License Information

By: AP
By: 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.

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  • by Lloyd Location: Groveland on Dec 2, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    I wonder how many of the Fl. residents names will turn up sold to other companys that will use them for illigal purpose.
  • by sharon on Nov 30, 2010 at 06:52 PM
    While we're on selling personal contact info, who the heck gave our phone numbers to all the dirty politicians???
  • by Vickie Location: Tallahassee, FL on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    How do we know if we were affected by this? We may not have any idea that they have our numbers and information as they may not have used it yet but could later. Will the courts contact everyone whose name and information was compromised? If they have my information then I want to be included in that lawsuit!
  • by Fair Information Practice on Nov 30, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    Good, it is about time the courts reeled in the state. In the U.S., profits come before personal privacy; not in Europe where collected information may only be used for the purpose it was intended. That is why we have to trade with China and Western Europe will not let us trade with them.
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