(May 29, 2015) Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) today expressed outrage at the revelation that the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been selling drivers’ information to private companies to the tune of an estimated $60 million. This has happened without the consent of New Yorkers and there has been no information forthcoming as to who has been sold the personal data of our residents. Murray is calling on the governor and the DMV to end this practice and come clean about who has received this information.
“In a time when identity theft and individual privacy rights are hot-button issues, our residents deserve the truth,” said Murray. “Allowing the DMV to continue selling our information sets a dangerous precedent where other agencies, if they aren’t doing so already, could sell private information to the highest bidder without consent.
“The governor and the DMV need to come clean with the whole story. Who has our information been sold to, and what are these companies doing with it? New Yorkers have a right to know this important question: just how long has this been going on?” Murray concluded.
Assemblyman Murray has also helped launch a petition urging action on this front. It can be located here.