Erie County Clerk calls for end to selling NYS driver data without opt-out

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local representative is taking on New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles, saying they’re unfairly selling driver data without notifying drivers.

In 2014, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said New York State profited by $60 million for selling off the information of its drivers without telling them, and without providing them the option to keep their data private.

Jacobs called the issue to light months ago, sending out a letter to the DMV, which he said wasn’t answered. Now, he’s taking his case to the Inspector General of New York State, who has oversight over agencies like the DMV.

In his letter, he expressed concern for potential lawsuits against the DMV, but also the legality of not allowing drivers to opt out of having information sold to third parties.

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