DMV For Sale
Digimarc, an Oregon company, makes the equipment that makes Florida's IDâ€™s, but the companyâ€™s on the market and a French firm could buy it, raising fears that private information will be shipped overseas.
"It concerns me," said Lee Gordon, concerned resident.
"It doesnâ€™t look safe," said Behdad Azadi, driver.
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles says drivers have nothing to fear.
The DMV says it keeps a close eye on peopleâ€™s personal information, and no matter who buys the company that information will stay in the state.
Federal law requires drivers license information be kept under lock and key.
"Weâ€™re very sensitive about the fact that privacy is very important," said Dave Westberry, DMV spokesperson. "The Driver Privacy Protection Act at the Federal and State levels have a lot of precautions in there and weâ€™re very sensitive to that."
State employees are responsible for recording personal information. Whoever buys Digimarc would take over the cameras, LCD pads, and printers not Floridaâ€™s driver database.
The French firm isnâ€™t the only company interested in buying Digimarc. Thereâ€™s also another US Corporation showing interest. The DMV says it will reexamine its contract when the company is sold.
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