In the U.S., a number of DMV’s—departments of motor vehicles—are selling the personal data of drivers to third parties, including insurance companies, private investigators, vehicle manufacturers, and prospective employers.
In 2019, Oregon’s DMV earned $11.5 million, while California’s DMV reportedly earned $51 million. The State of New York sells license and vehicle information and earns roughly $2.2 million a year via pay-per-search as well as the sale of records.
States are also beginning to update their laws governing how personal data can be used. For example, Vermont in 2018 passed a law that requires data brokers to disclose which data are being collected and to allow people to opt out.
This trend is part of our section on Privacy. Other trends in this section include:
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