A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the state of Florida may proceed as a class action. The suit alleges that between 2005 through 2009, the state illegally sold drivers’ personal information to a private internet marketing firm based in Texas, violating a federal statute that prohibits the disclosure of personal information from driver’s licenses.
According to the Miami lawyer representing Florida drivers involved in the suit, the state released information including addresses, dates of birth, and possibly even Social Security numbers. It’s not known how much revenue this information brought the state.
Once the case is settled or tried successfully in the plaintiffs’ favor, the extent of the money award and the drivers who are entitled to compensation will be determined.
Source: Florida sued over sale of drivers’ personal information, South Florida Sun Sentinel, November 29, 2010
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