Sunday, October 2, 2011

Seventh Circuit Upholds West Publishing's Motion to Dismiss in Challenge to Driver's Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA")

The Driver Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA"), passed as federal law in 1993 is designed to protect the personal information and privacy rights of drivers who register with the various state DMV's, which of course describes a pool of most Americans. DPPA does carve out certain exemptions, including for market analysis and research, which is the basis for how certain businesses, including, R.L Polk continue to stay in business. A challenge to West Publishing, which has also entered the business of reselling the DMV information, was dismissed at the trial court and now upheld by the 7th Circuit.


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