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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: I apologize for being ignorant in this...

"Like if you make a request to know whom owns the vehicle with plate $XYZ123 & the department of motor vehicles sends you not only the owner's name, but address as well. Both the name & address are publicly available, you can always do a reverse look up online or merely dial the operator & ask, so the department providing that data isn't violating any "private data" rules - it's all publicly available."

I assume you are in the US. If so, this is not correct. Access to vehicle registration information is restricted by the Driver's Privacy Protection Act, which states that records may only be disclosed for a number of specified reasons. Those reasons are more numerous than in the UK, for example, but they're not public records (in the sense of "give me a copy and I don't have to explain why"). Access is a privilege, not a right.

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