$50 Million Verdict for Violating Drivers’ Privacy in FL
A Florida bank was required to pay $50 million in a class-action settlement resulting from violations of federal privacy law. Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust purchased 656,600 names and addresses from the Florida DMV for use in direct marketing. The purchase violated the Drivers Privacy Protection Act, a 1993 law passed after it was shown that stalkers and other criminals had used motor vehicle records to locate their victims. EPIC filed a “friend of the court” brief in favor of the plaintiffs before the Eleventh Circuit, arguing that the penalties provided by the law create a necessary incentive for both states and private entities to preserve the privacy of drivers’ personal information. For more information, see EPIC’s Kehoe v. Fidelity Federal Bank and Trust page. (Aug. 28)
Wow. $50 million. Pretty soon, we’ll be talking about real money. Quote from an unlinkable blurb on EPIC’s home page.