Understanding DPPA

What is the DPPA?

DPPA stands for “Driver’s Privacy Protection Act” and it prevents people from using DMV data for non-approved purposes. Permitted purposes include vehicle recalls, government use, use by insurance companies, vehicle towing, toll roads, and more. To read the full list of permitted purposes, see this wikipedia article.

It’s also important to know that the Drivers Privacy Protection Act only restricts data that came directly from a government department or agency (DMV or BMV). This means that regardless of what the data element in question is (name, drivers license number, VIN, vehicle make/model), it cannot be furnished to a third party if it came from the DMV. On the contrary, if the information was gathered by an outside source, it can be bought and sold in an unrestricted manner.

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