On Friday, Motherboard reported that Departments of Motor Vehicles across the country are making tens of millions of dollars selling drivers’ personal information, including to private investigators who spy on people for a profit. The investigation, based on hundreds of pages of documents from DMVs obtained through public records requests, also showed that access to DMV data, which includes names, addresses, and other personal information, has been abused. Read the full article at VICE.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard. DMVs across the country are selling data that drivers are required to provide to the organization in order to obtain a license. This information includes names, physical addresses, and car registration information. California’s sales come from a state which generally scrutinizes privacy to a higher degree than the rest of the country.
A Florida woman is blaming the state government for an onslaught of robocalls and direct mail offers â”- accusations that come as the Scripps station WFTS in Tampa uncovered that the DMV makes millions by selling Florida drivers’ personal information to outside companies, including marketing firms. WFTS I-Team Investigator Adam Walser obtained records showing the state sold information on Florida drivers and ID cardholders to more than 30 private companies, including marketing firms, bill collectors, insurance companies and data brokers in the business of reselling information.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents mine millions of driver’s license photos for possible facial recognition matches – and some of those efforts target undocumented immigrants who have legally obtained driver’s licenses, according to researchers at Georgetown University Law Center, which obtained documents related to the searches. Federal agencies have not gotten congressional approval to use state DMV records as a massive database, says Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology.
“Federal court orders Tennessee to come up with a plan to restore licenses to motorists deprived of their right to drive for failure to pay court debt.” Read the full article at TheNewspaper.com.
Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are carrying out limited trials of digital driver’s licenses. Iowa and Louisiana are planning to issue digital licenses to every motorist who wants one beginning this year. Read the full article at NBC News.
Cameras have been installed at 11 total intersections throughout the city. Whether their installation has led to increased safety at these intersections is a point of debate, with the city police presenting data showing a reduction in right-angle and rear-end crashes at the camera-monitored intersections. What is clear, though, is the windfall of cash these cameras have generated, with the program now generating close to $2.5 million per year before expenses.
Forty-three of the 50 states are using some type of facial recognition technology. Visit your local DMV to renew your license, for example, your face is captured by a digital video camera. The physical and behavioral samples captured are then extracted in order to create and compare templates. In just a matter of seconds the technology determines if this is a new sample or matches an existing sample from a facial database.
Savannah has four red light cameras. The cameras are ready to snap a picture of any vehicle that passes through an intersection after the light turns red. The ticket will show up in the driver’s mail box, leaving many wondering “who is watching?"’ and “do I really have to pay?”. Read the full article at WTOC.