Florida may limit release of driver's license information

Sun-Sentinel: Florida news – Florida may limit release of driver's license information.

TALLAHASSEE · Florida would limit the release of personal information from state driver's licenses under a measure passed Monday by a Senate committee. It appears headed for final approval.

The action (CS/SB 2416) was prompted by a threatened lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, public pressure and the state's conclusion it would not lose as much money as feared if it stopped selling drivers' personal information, backers said.

The state Department of Highway Safety made $27 million last year selling driver's license information, including names and addresses, to businesses.

The ACLU says Florida is breaking a 4-year-old federal law by requiring the state's 14.7 million drivers to ask to have their information kept secret rather than blocking it automatically.  [Privacy Digest]

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