American Journal of Law & Medicine

Supreme Court: Congressional Statute Prohibiting States From Disclosing Personal Driver Information is Constitutional--Reno v. Condon(1).

Supreme Court: Congressional Statute Prohibiting States From Disclosing Personal Driver Information is Constitutional--Reno v. Condon(1)--The Supreme Court of the United States held that the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994(2) (DPPA) did not violate principles of federalism by prohibiting states from disclosing or selling personal information contained in state motor vehicle department databases.(3)

State motor vehicle departments require drivers and automobile owners to provide personal information, such as name, address, telephone number, social security number and medical information as a precondition for licensure or registration. The DPPA regulates the States' and private entities' ability to disclose this personal information without the individual's consent. As enacted, the DPPA established an "opt-out" consent system that allowed States to infer consent if drivers and registrants were given, but failed to exercise, an option to block disclosure of their personal information. …

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