Minn. agency's tightened grip on driver, vehicle data frustrates businesses reliant on records

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 6:10 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Approaching access policy changes for Minnesota driver's licenses and vehicle registration data have the auto insurance industry warning of higher rates and car dealers saying safety recalls could be hampered.

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rshacklefordFeb. 6, 14 4:04 PM

As for the dealers and safety recalls being "hampered," here is their solution: The buyer fills out a 3x5 notecard with their name and contact telephone number (don't even bother asking for an e-mail; I always reject that request). That simple information is all they need to plug into their automated dialing system that even Michelle Bachman's team understands how to get running (an automated call from her system happened recently). Problem solved. Move along now.

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getcrazyFeb. 6, 14 4:04 PM

"The knee-jerk reaction is that the sky is falling," she added. "Everyone who gets this data now feels like they're getting it for a legitimate use and their use is safe. But unless we can really have the ability to audit and make sure the data isn't being abused, we have the obligation to take the steps we are taking."---Exactly! Why should my information be handed out to anyone that asks for it? Should I be able to see who has gun permit or a hunting license or fishing license... If it's a commercial trucking company or insurance company that needs the information they should have legitimate ways of getting the info but it shouldn't be going to any bloke that asks for it.

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LicoriceFeb. 6, 14 4:26 PM

Building on what getcrazy says about a trucking company or insurance company needing information, these entities shouldn't get the whole database, either.

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la55122Feb. 6, 14 5:00 PM

The wholesale transfer of driver information is a violation of rules. I don't trust the insurance data brokers, they are stills sending quotes to my late father after 15 years. If the agent needs to get the driving record, let them pay. $5 on a new policy isn't unreasonable.

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siverfox53Feb. 6, 14 5:46 PM

"Exactly! Why should my information be handed out to anyone that asks for it?" Ask that to the NSA who gets ALL your records, etc. from Verizon and other companies. Faux outrage over a state program yet the multitude thinks the other is ok, "for our safety". Too funny!!

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siverfox53Feb. 6, 14 5:51 PM

"The wholesale transfer of driver information is a violation of rules." I thought this too. We read in the papers that cops and police departments are getting sued for using the information. Yet, the state is more than willing to SELL the information. Anybody see something wrong here? The info is private unless you give me 5 bucks for it? Is the almighty dollar that important to the state folks?

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redeye12Feb. 6, 14 6:23 PM

How about leaving it the way it was and automatically fire any state employee who looks up any records they are not authorized to view. Period. No questions asked. Problem solved. The lack of accountability for these state employees is ridiculous.

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parker0910Feb. 6, 14 7:27 PM

How about a law that states that personal information is the property of the individual and cannot be used/distributed without the express written consent of the person named in the request. I should be the one deciding who get access to my information and the one profiting from it dissemination.

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dutclinFeb. 7, 1411:31 AM

$5 for insurance companies - free for cops

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