Professor David Thaw Speaks To KDKA and Tribune-Review on PennDOT Selling Drivers' Information

KDKA's Jon Delano and Pitt Law Professor David Thaw

PennDOT is under fire for selling drivers' personal information, and now a new state Senate-approved bill would give insurance companies access to records of all drivers in a household without even having the drivers' names. Pitt Law Professor David Thaw spoke to KDKA's Jon Delano on the matter.

According to the news segment, in addition to PennDOT selling drivers' information, a new state Senate proposal could give insurance companies access to records of all drivers in a household without even having the drivers’ names.

“Under that proposal, I would be able to use incomplete information to get information usable to identity theft,” Thaw told KDKA.

Watch the segment at KDKA | CBS Pittsburgh.

Thaw also offered expert commentary to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review in a front-page story on the matter. According to the Tribune-Review, PennDOT maintains contracts with wholesale companies to purchase driver information in bulk, defined as at least 5,000 transactions per month. Those include LexisNexis, Acxiom, American Driving Records, Explore, Hireright, Insurance Services Office and TML Information Services. Drivers or their attorneys can request their information. Thaw said the kinds of records that can be obtained don't necessarily pose a threat of identify theft.

"I would not place this on the high-risk end of the spectrum,” he said, “providing the department and the insurance companies are following the rules."

Read the story at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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