Personal data drivers sell for millions of dollarsDecember 1, 2019
The California Department of Motor Vehicles earns $ 52 million a year from drivers’ personal data.
American journalists found that the Californian authorities earn impressive amounts on the sale of personal data of people who received a driver’s license at the local Department of Vehicles (DMV) and registered cars. Third parties were given, in particular, first and last names, residential addresses and other personal information, receiving a stable income for this. In 2014, for example, its size amounted to 41 562 735 dollars, and in 2018 even more – 52 048 236 dollars. The list of buyers of personal data was not disclosed, but it is known that among them there are credit brokers, insurance companies, car manufacturers, recruitment agencies and private detectives.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles said that selling personal data to drivers is not unlawful and is carried out in strict accordance with the Personal Information Protection Regulation. At the same time, the authorities are doing this allegedly in order to improve road safety, to assist in risk assessment and traffic research. Despite this, many experts harshly criticized the practice of selling personal data of drivers to third parties and demanded to stop it. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also added that the California Department of Motor Vehicles should in no case receive income from this, all the more so.
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