Florida Driver’s Info Sold To Highest Bidder

florida driver’sThe State of Florida is in hot water with privacy advocates after it was discovered the state has been making millions of dollars by selling information gathered from Florida Driver License holders and selling it to private companies.

Among the reams of information available to buyers are driver license numbers, personal contact information and driving records including tickets and crashes.

Some of the companies purchasing data from the state have had issues in the past with keeping information safe.

If you have a Florida’s driver license, there are already several businesses that have some of your personal information.

In the last year, the state made $49 million dollars selling the info of Florida drivers to seven different data collection companies: Acxiom, Explore Information Services, Lexis-Nexis, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair, & Sampson, ShadowSoft, TLO, and West Services (more commonly known as WestLaw).

The companies can purchase Florida drivers’ names, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and their driving record over the past seven years, which includes tickets and crashes.

Tampa resident Sonia Alley, speaking while waiting to get her license renewed at an HSMV office, said she wasn’t aware that her information was being sold.

“I don’t like it. I really don’t. We’re thinking these people are keeping everything private, and they’re selling it and making money? That’s not right,” Alley said.


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