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DMVs Are Selling Your Data to Private Investigators

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  1. LukeZaz
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    This threw me for one hell of a loop at first, as this paragraph makes it look like it had exemptions that allowed the specific case that it aimed to prevent. After looking in to it more though,...

    The DPPA was created in 1994 after a private investigator, hired by a stalker, obtained the address of actress Rebecca Schaeffer from a DMV. The stalker went on to murder Schaeffer. The purpose of the law was to restrict access to DMV data, but it included a wide range of exemptions, including for the sale to private investigators.

    This threw me for one hell of a loop at first, as this paragraph makes it look like it had exemptions that allowed the specific case that it aimed to prevent. After looking in to it more though, the mentioned exemption only allows PI use if said use also falls under one of the other exemptions as well. (Source)

    Still doesn't seem great though, as allowing sale creates an incentive to sell the data, which I could see causing people to stretch rules.