Monday, April 25, 2011

Did the Oswego County Clerk Violate Federal Law?

Oswego County Legislator Doug Malone is angered that private information in regard to his vehicle registration was released to the public by Oswego County Clerk George Williams.

Malone’s privacy, as well as that of the public, is protected under federal law. Malone said the release of his information is a breach of that law.

The local county clerks have access to the information processed by the state for the vehicles registered in the clerk’s respective county, according to Jacque McGinnis of the state DMV.

That information, she said, is protected by the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.

The law states, “State department of motor vehicles, and any officer, employee, or contractor, thereof, shall not knowingly disclose or otherwise make available to any person or entity personal information about any individual obtained by the department in connection with a motor vehicle record.”

Personal information can only be disclosed “for use in connection with matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft, motor vehicle emissions, motor vehicle product alterations, recalls, or advisories, performance monitoring of motor vehicles and dealers by motor vehicle manufacturers, and removal of non-owner records from the original owner records of motor vehicle manufacturers,” the law states.

The federal act continues, “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to obtain or disclose personal information, from a motor vehicle record, for any use not permitted under section 2721(b) of this title.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whats the rumor about the Clerk and Senator counterfeiting Oswego City Parking passes? Inquiring minds want to hear more....