Florida Bill Help to Prevent Identity Theft from Accident Reports Passes Its First Committee Review
Our Florida Car Accident Attorneys discuss a new Florida Bill to Protect Accident Victims’ Identities
According to a news report posted on mybackgroundcheck.com, a new Florida Bill passed in its first committee review. The bill is designed to stop personal information from being taken from people who were involved in auto accidents. The new law, SB 1614, would change the 60-day exemption for personal information being released to the public to a permanent exclusion in public records.
..."The bill would dramatically reduce the growing epidemic of identity theft, and the Senate Transportation Committee passed the bill in a 4-3 vote."
The bill would dramatically reduce the growing epidemic of identity theft, and the Senate Transportation Committee passed the bill in a 4-3 vote. Even though the measure passed, it faces considerable pushback from press freedom advocates. Others support preventing identity thieves from preying on accident public information releases.
The 1994 Driver Privacy Protection Act delays the release of personal identifying information of drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents and received traffic tickets for 60 days. The exemptions to the rule include individuals directly involved in an accident, the media, insurance agents, and attorneys. However, following the 60-days, all protections expire, and information such as the involved parties’ dates of birth, insurance policy numbers, and driver’s license numbers, are made public. When this information has been released identity thieves use the information to access bank accounts and or apply for loans. A driver’s license number may also be used to create fake identification cards, which may be used to impersonate people during encounters with law enforcement.
Due to the incredibly reduced media access to traffic citations and motor vehicle accidents, freedom of press supporters have opposed the bill saying it would prevent residents from being informed about incidents in their community. The bill might face a tough fight in its next two committee stops. HB 1121, the House version of the bill, is still awaiting its first committee stop. If successful, both versions of the Florida bill become law and go into effect on July 1, 2022.
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