Al’s Morning Meeting has an interesting story about how your state could be selling your name and other information right now, and hauling in a lot of money as a result.
The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World discovered that their state government earns $65 million a year selling data. The revelation comes just as the state legislature is considering an exemption that would make state employees’ birth dates a secret.
The Oklahoma City and Tulsa newspapers found that the biggest buyers of state-held data include “insurance companies, employment screening services, government agencies, attorneys” and others. Insurance companies buy your driving history to set your annual rate.
Photo by Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety.