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Public Records Sales Prompt Concerns

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

July 12, 2010

The Plain Dealer reports on the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle's (BMV) sale of driving records to commercial entities and other customers. Since 2005, the state has collected more than $42 million in bulk record sales to more than 30 companies, including data aggregators. The information sold includes names, dates of birth, driver's license and Social Security numbers. In two known cases, data breaches involving drivers' personal information raised concerns about identity theft. A spokeswoman for the department that oversees the BMV said it is "required to provide this information, and we do not profit off of it." Sen. Tom Patton (R-OH) said he may introduce legislation to shield some of the information from distribution.
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