Monday, 22 July 2019

How Safe Your Private Information Is With California DMV?

After the spread of news that Facebook users’ private information was not kept confidential by the company, consumers have raised questions about their privacy rights. Even California DMV is not left uninfluenced with the flames of this hot issue. While it is vital to avail DMV services, one cannot overlook the matter of data confidentiality.

How much DMV knows about you and your internet connection should be the lookout of every person that owns a motor vehicle in California. This blog would cover the important topic pertaining to data confidentiality and DMV.

To Which Extent DMV Is Allowed To Share Your Personal Information?

According to the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, 2018 sharing of a person’s photograph, physical description, and facial recognition data cannot be exchanged commercially. This act will be enforced full-fledged in July 2020. It holds true for every resident of California. Consumers now are permitted to find out openly about which businesses are gathering their personal information. They vest legal power to ask businesses to remove your personal information from their records.

Any business that is found guilty of not complying with the new act will be heavily penalized. Personal information that is covered under this act includes: real name, alias name, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier internet protocol (IP) address, email address, driver license number, passport number, geolocation data, browsing history, employment related information, etc.

The use of facial recognition scanners on California roadways has increased and that makes DMV customers bothered about whether their picture is being shared or not. Will California’s Consumer Privacy Act 2020 influence the DMV’s collection of driver’s personal information?

DMV in this regard follows transparency with its customers. According to DMV, as a person logins the DMV’s official website, the department collects certain information like your internet IP address or location, browser type, the date and time and the activity during that duration of using the internet. It is also possible for the department to track down the number of forms a customer has downloaded or details about the links opened from its site. Though DMV can keep these details for 30 days, it does not have access to any information like your date of birth or social security.

It is important to understand that DMV is guided by the Drivers policy Protection Act. DPPA is an exemption to California’s Consumer Protection Act of 2020. You might already know that states DMV share consumer information with each other. It is mandatory for keeping a check on illegal use of motor vehicles and catching the criminals. As you take up auto registration services or renew your license your information is best secured with the department.

Though you cannot ask DMV to not share your personal social security number or driving information but under DPPA your personal information cannot be shared for commercial use.