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Court Reinstates Driver’s Privacy Class-Action Suit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 9, 2012

A federal appeals court has decided to reinstate a class-action suit involving private data on parking tickets, Wired reports. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided against Chicago’s Palatine Village Police Department, ruling that putting too much personal information on parking citations violates U.S. law. The information on the department’s parking citations includes the vehicle owner’s name, address, driver’s license number, date of birth, sex, height and weight, the report states, and is usually left under a windshield wiper blade. One motorist filed suit in 2012, but a federal judge then denied the claim, citing a law enforcement exception in the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.
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