Thursday, July 21, 2011
Florida drivers lose privacy—will your state be next?
As you may have read in your local newspaper, or seen on TV, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is selling people's names, addresses, dates of birth, and a list of the vehicles they drive.
They currently peddle this information about Florida drivers to such companies as Lexus Nexus and Shadow Soft, who in turn then sell the data to others.
The state of Florida made $63,000,000.00 last year selling such information. Do you think other cash-strapped states may not now be considering the same thing? Rumor has it they are already making plans!
If this concerns you, then never again drive a vehicle registered in your own name. Hundreds if not thousands of Florida drivers have already registered their cars, SUVs, pickups, boats, travel trailers and motor homes in the name of a New Mexico LLC (with anonymous ownership). The smartest ones use a different LLC for each vehicle, so that the discovery of one vehicle does not lead to a list of all the others.