LexisNexis had taken data from DMVs and then resold it to other organizations that did not have a legally permissible use for the information, the complaint said.
Whereas many DMVs sell drivers’ names, addresses, or vehicle information, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) sells some residents’ most personal information.
Some private investigators told Motherboard that the reasons they can give to DMVs to access drivers' personal data are too broad.
An internal document obtained by Motherboard lists the commercial requesters for California DMV data.
Motherboard previously revealed the California DMV was making tens of millions of dollars a year by selling personal data.
Motherboard previously revealed how AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have sold real-time phone location data to middlemen companies which then provided it to third parties.
A document obtained by Motherboard shows how DMVs sell people’s names, addresses, and other personal information to generate revenue.
Repo men are passively scanning and uploading the locations of every car they drive by into DRN, a surveillance database of 9 billion license plate scans accessible by private investigators.
The comments follow Motherboard’s investigation into how DMVs are selling drivers’ data.
Motherboard found that DMVs across the country are selling personal data likely without drivers’ knowledge, including to private investigators.
You gave them your data in exchange for a driver’s license. DMVs are making tens of millions of dollars selling it, documents obtained by Motherboard show.