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Texas DMV Sells Drivers’ Information

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

February 15, 2013

The Texas DMV sells drivers’ information to hundreds of companies and makes $2.1 million per year doing so, Tech Dirt reports. More than 2,400 companies purchased the information from the DMV last year, including debt collectors, towing companies and insurance agencies, the report states. Texas DMV Director Randy Ellison says that all driver information is protected by the Driver Privacy Protection Act, but, the report contends, Texas didn’t adopt the part of the law that requires an opt-in/out provision.
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