Friday, November 30, 2012

$1 Million Driver's License Photo - COTW #120

Phew, the Supreme Court has kept me busy all week. Let's take a break from SCOTUS for a truly bizarre case of the week. I'll call it "The Case of the $1 Million Driver's License Photo."

You can read a full report on the situation on Wired, including this succinct summary of the facts. A female police officer began to suspect that her colleagues were looking up her information and driver's license photo using the state database:
In August 2011 she contacted the state’s Department of Public Safety asking if it was possible to restrict access to her driver’s license file. After explaining the reason behind her request, a worker in the office investigated and found that her record had indeed been accessed by cops repeatedly across the state going back to 2007. Further investigation revealed that 104 officers in 18 different agencies across the state had accessed her driver’s license record 425 times, using the state database as their personal Facebook service.
Huh . . . that doesn't sound normal. Well, it turns out there is something called the Driver's Privacy Protection Act that prohibits unauthorized access to driver's license records (who knew?). The woman settled her claims for a whopping $1 million.

I know, I know - you want to see the actual photo. Unfortunately, it's not public and apparently illegal to pull off the state database without authorization. But, if you want to see some other photos of her (and read more back story) - CityPages has you covered.

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