Senator Nelson wants to protect your driver’s license information

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TAMPA, Fla.  (WFLA) —  U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) wants the federal government to look into Florida’s practice of selling residents’ personal information to private companies.

Nelson has sent  Attorney General Loretta Lynch a letter asking her to look into it.

Nelson said that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has sold the personal information of more than 15 million licensed Florida drivers to at least 75 companies over the past two years.

The state was paid more than $150 million for the information.

“In this new era, when identity thieves are causing real damage to millions of hardworking families, the fact that the state is making a profit by selling Floridians’ personal information on the open market is simply unconscionable,” Nelson wrote.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Terry L. Rhodes released the following statement on Friday:

“The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) does not sell driver or motor vehicle information. Driver or motor vehicle information is produced as required by the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and Florida’s public records laws.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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