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Class-Action Suit To Move Forward

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 1, 2010

A federal judge has approved the filing of a class-action lawsuit against the state of Florida for selling the drivers' license data of about 30 million residents to an Internet marketing company, the Associated Press reports. According to the plaintiffs' attorney, Howard Bushman, the sales violate a federal statute banning the disclosure of personal information from drivers' licenses. Bushman claims the state released addresses, dates of birth and possibly Social Security numbers. The report says a Tallahassee judge ruled earlier this month that all affected drivers can become members of the suit.
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