Minimizing Disclosure Risk in HHS Open Data Initiatives. 4. Driver’s Privacy Protection Act


Under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which was passed in 1996 and amended in 1999, a state department of motor vehicles can release personal information from an individual’s motor vehicle record, such as name, address, or other demographic information, only with the individual’s permission or for selected purposes. Under disclosure exceptions, federal, state, or local agencies can obtain drivers’ personal information to carry out its functions or proceedings. Information may also be disclosed for automobile and driver safety purposes, such as vehicle recalls; for “use in the normal course of business by legitimate businesses” to verify accuracy of or correct personal information submitted by individuals to the business; for research activities, so long as personal information is not published or used to contact individuals; for use by insurance companies; and for private investigative agencies to conduct authorized activities. An authorized recipient of the information may resell or redisclose information for permitted uses.

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