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Drivers Missing Database Opt-Out

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

June 3, 2011

The box on Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) forms asking whether drivers want to opt out of having their name and addresses on a list the Department of Transportation sells often goes unchecked, Channel3000 reports. A database containing drivers' names, addresses, dates of birth and gender, among other information, can be purchased for $250. Though federal laws regulate who can purchase the information and how it can be used, there is no state or federal agency overseeing compliance, the report states. A spokesman for Wisconsin's DMV said, "We don't take a position on anyone's use on the records we provide," adding that the Department of Justice enforces that.
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