Opponents of the release of their personal information argue that, regardless of the merits of the U.’s research, the U. does not have the right to demand that they make their personal identifying information available to the U. as a condition of receiving a drivers license.
Perhaps even more grievous is that fact that even when an individual has declined to participate in a research study, they may still be included in the study because the U. obtains their information from the DLD and a wide range of other sources without their authorization.
While it may once have been acceptable for the DLD to share Utahns’ personal identifying information with the U. without first obtaining their consent this is no longer the case. Therefore, the Legislature must pass HB183 in order to stop the DLD from sharing the personal identifying information of millions of Utahns with the U. until each licensee’s explicit consent is obtained for the release of their personal identifying information.
After all, it is government’s responsibility to protect the extremely sensitive and valuable personal identifying information that it collects on its citizens, not to sell or give it to others who have the political clout to get it.