Investigation: DMV made $60M selling personal information

Recent investigations, including one conducted by state Assemblyman Dean Murray's office, have revealed that the Department of Motor Vehicles has been selling drivers' personal information to private companies.

Assemblyman Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) says the DMV made $60 million from the sale of information last year.

A spokesman for the DMV says it is not breaking the law. The spokesman said, "The information DMV provides is in compliance with state law that dictates that the only permitted use or release for such information is in connection with the issuance of a manufacturer's warranty, safety recall or similar notices - important things that keep the public safe."

The DMV says Social Security numbers are never sold.

A bill has been introduced in Albany that would let drivers decide if they want their personal information sold. Several state lawmakers have launched an online petition drive urging passage of the opt-out legislation.

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