While sluggish sales tax receipts may have forced the state to slash government spending again this year, one source of revenue continues to pay out:
Your name, address and driving history.
The state of Florida made $73 million from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, by selling drivers license information to private companies, according to new information released by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The selling of personal information of Florida's 15.5 million licensed drivers has been on the books for decades, state officials say, and is common practice across the country. And if the state didn't sell it, Florida would have to give it away for free, because the information is a public record.
But the transaction has become the target of at least one group, who wants the process discontinued.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is urging Gov. Rick Scott to terminate the agency's contracts with vendors who receive driver information. In a letter Friday, executive director Howard Simon asked Scott to end the practice because Simon says it lacks oversight and violates Floridians' expectation of privacy.
"As governor, you should protect our personal information, not sell it," Simon said. "Just because the state can do something does not mean the state should do it."
The story continues.