A new report from Vice’s tech news bureau Motherboard says the California Department of Motor Vehicles is earning upwards of $50 million a year by selling drivers’ personal information to third parties.
The information includes names, addresses and car registration information. Motherboard said it used a public record acts request to obtain yearly revenues obtained from selling the data to commercial entities for the past six years. It showed that the state’s DMV brought in nearly $41.6 million in fiscal 2013-2014 and $51.6 million in the most recent fiscal year, which ended June 30.
It’s not entirely clear who exactly is buying all this personal data of California drivers, Motherboard says. But the state’s DMV says insurance companies, automakers and prospective employers may be among the buyers.