After 27 Million Driver’s License Records are Stolen, Texans Get Angry With the Seller: The Government

Texas doesn't respect the privacy of its citizens, Watchdog Dave Lieber says. The state sells data about you to companies and others. Recently, driver's license records for 27 million past and current license holders was stolen and available on the dark web. (TXDPS/none)
Texas doesn't respect the privacy of its citizens, Watchdog Dave Lieber says. The state sells data about you to companies and others. Recently, driver's license records for 27 million past and current license holders was stolen and available on the dark web. (TXDPS/none)

This story, originally published in The Dallas Morning News, is reprinted as part of a collaborative partnership between The Dallas Morning News and TMN. The partnership seeks to boost coverage of Dallas’s communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

By Dave Lieber
Dallas Morning News Columnist

The Watchdog asks, why doesn’t the state do a better job protecting our privacy?

The Watchdog’s revelation that personal information on 27 million past and present Texas driver’s license holders is for sale on the dark web leaves many Texans incensed.

Texas state government sells its data sets to outside parties who are not allowed to use them for marketing purposes. But some of these companies then resell to companies who do use it to sell and annoy us.

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