Florida probes possible misuse of confidential driver’s license info

Steve Bousquet and Lawrence Mower report:

State law enforcement authorities said Friday they are investigating the possible criminal misuse of confidential driver license data in a case involving a high-ranking state official.

“FDLE is investigating possible improper use of personal identifying information. Our case is active,” spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said. “Tallahassee Regional Operations Center is investigating.”

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The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on May 24 revoked a memorandum of understanding with a Miami vendor, Unisoft Communications, which operated a website, mydrivingreport.com.

The state said the website made it too easy to obtain information that was protected by the federal Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).

Read more on Tampa Bay Times.

The story was first reported by Florida Politics, who reported that:

The same vendor now at issue, Unisoft Communications of Miami, had previously been flagged in 2016 — about a year before the DHSMV agreed to a new contract — for posting the personal information from two individuals’ driving records, records show.

Thanks to the reader who alerted us to this incident.

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