Florida to be sued over sale of driver's license info

A federal judge has ruled that a class-action lawsuit can be filed against Florida over the sale of personal driver's license information to a private firm.

The lawsuit claims the state, specifically the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, improperly sold more than 30 million personal records between 2005 and 2009 to Shadowsoft Inc., an Irving, Texas-based Internet marketer. The company later sold the information to other firms that target consumers.

An attorney representing the drivers has said the sales violate a federal statute banning the disclosure of personal information from driver's licenses. Addresses, dates of birth and possibly Social Security numbers were released.

A judge in Tallahassee ruled in November that affected drivers can become members of this lawsuit.

This story has been reported in countless articles all over the state. But not one media outlet gave any information as to how to get in on this action. If you live in Florida, chances are you could be affected.

Some coverage did provide, however, the name of the attorney representing those affected. Howard Bushman is a partner with the Miami-based firm of Harke, Clasby & Bushman LLP. His e-mail is hbushman@harkeclasby.com. The phone number for the firm is 305-536-8220.

If we could find it, so could the media. Way to leave a big, gaping hole, people.

Published Friday, December 3, 2010 12:07 PM by bulldog
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