US Sen. calls for probe into Florida’s use of driver records

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants answers about how the state of Florida is handling the driving records of millions of residents.

Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, wrote a letter Friday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking for an investigation into whether the state is selling personal information for marketing purposes without the consent of the state’s 15 million licensed drivers. That would violate federal law.

Nelson made the request after WTVT-TV reported that the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is not doing anything to make sure the information is being used properly.

The department contends it is not selling the information but collecting fees required under state law. The state has collected $150 million the last two years.

The agency reports to Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet.

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