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California DMV Makes 50 Million
Dollars a Year Selling
Drivers’ Info to Private Companies

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Posted By: MissMolly, 11/26/2019 4:40:30 AM

A California Department of Motor Vehicles document revealed that the government agency is generating $50 million a year by selling drivers’ personal information to private companies. According to a report from VICE, which received the document through a public records request, revenue from selling information — which includes names, physical addresses, and car registration information — has climbed from $41 million in fiscal year 2013-2014 to $51 million in 2018-2019. In an email explaining the numbers, the California DMV did not specify which private companies have purchased the data, but said the list may include insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers. Past investigations into DMVs have shown that data broker

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Petronius 11/26/2019 4:58:18 AM (No. 245774)
This practice needs to stop.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: JackBurton 11/26/2019 10:34:01 AM (No. 246089)
Wouldn't it be possible to scan the DMV lists for people who are licensed, not citizens BUT STILL registered to vote? Asking for a friend.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Smart11344 11/26/2019 11:37:54 AM (No. 246176)
Truly, is there absolutely anything honest about California?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: WestCoast 11/26/2019 12:00:51 PM (No. 246209)
wow, I think i will set up a shell company, buy information on every new MBZ, top of the line BMW or other vehicle worth over $150k with the owners address and just bring up my box truck with the winch and make a tidy profit parting the car out or putting it in a container to eastern europe or the middle east.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 11/27/2019 4:34:34 AM (No. 246677)
I think lenders are doing the same. I can't even answer my phone anymore without someone on the other side of the world telling me I vant to buy your house for cash. All day every day.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: judy 11/27/2019 4:43:49 AM (No. 246679)
If you think DMV is bad wait until you hit 65 you will receive solicitations for hearing aids, health insurance, death benefits, reverse mortgages, retirement seminars...DMV is not the only ones selling info.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: doctorfixit 11/28/2019 4:38:04 PM (No. 248028)
Complete incompetence, except when it comes to registering illegal aliens to vote. The auto-related parts of DMV business should be outsourced to a private company with performance standards. Im waiting months for a title that got "lost in the system"
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