Monday, April 5, 2010

State makes millions by selling personal information, but state legislators want DOBs of public employees kept secret

The state of Oklahoma makes tens of millions of dollars selling personal information about its residents, The Oklahoman and Tulsa World reported Sunday.
In a joint investigation, the newspapers reported that for example, the state made at least $65 million in the past five years from the sale of millions of motor vehicle records that include birth dates and other personal information of all state drivers.

The Oklahoman's editor pointed out in strongly worded editorial that while "the state is reaping millions of dollars from the sale of this information," Rep. Randy Terrill and Sen. Debbe Leftwich are pushing to exempt the birth dates of public employees from government personnel files.

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