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SCOTUS Weighs Parking Ticket Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 11, 2013

The Supreme Court may soon decide whether it will review or reject a case involving personal information on municipal parking tickets, UPI reports. A citizen of a Chicago-based suburb filed an $80 million civil suit against the village for alleged privacy violations, made up of “$2,500 in damages for each of the tens of thousands of parking tickets (the village) issued over a four-year period.” A federal circuit court of appeals ruled any information contained on the ticket not necessary to processing the fine violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, the report states. The village petitioned the Supreme Court for review, stating, “The extent to which state and local governments respect their citizens’ privacy in carrying out quintessentially local functions…is not an obvious source of federal concern or power.”
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