NYS DMV made $60 million selling drivers' personal information

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs urging them to stop

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles made $60 million last year selling the personal information of drivers.

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is calling on the DMV to stop the sale of personal information like driving records, addresses, makes of cars and dates of birth. Right now it’s unclear who it’s being sold to.

"Also unclear is where the millions of dollars made last year were or will be spent," Jacobs said. 

Jacobs is calling for more transparency and a change in legislation or practice.

"The DMV has been selling data for years but with the increase in identity theft and the growing use of the internet, safety of drivers is top concern," Jacobs said.

Jacobs says there’s no way to track the information after the sale to know whether or not it’s being used responsibly.

According to Jacobs the County Clerks association will have a meeting to discuss further action early next month.

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