Dec 072011
 
 December 7, 2011  Business, Court

Mark Hamblett writes:

Resellers of personal information gleaned from a driver’s records cannot be held strictly liable for misuse of that information by purchasers under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994, a federal judge has ruled.

Addressing an issue of first impression in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment to resellers on a car owner’s claim they sold his personal information to a man who used it to harass and threaten him.

Berman’s ruling came in Gordon v. Softech International Inc., 10 Civ. 5162, where he was required to sort out a dispute over an alleged car accident and its aftermath.

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