(Fwd) FWD: Texas Driver's License database on the web

Duncan Frissell frissell at panix.com
Sat Aug 16 22:13:21 PDT 1997

>From: Brent Heustess <heustess at mail.utexas.edu>
>   This is a really spooky web site <http://www.publiclink.com>.  You can
>search 17 million Texas drivers by name, driver's license number or
>license plate number.  When you find a person, you can then find everyone
>at that address with a license.  You can even find everyone with the same
>9-digit zip code.  The record does not have a GIF of the photo, but it
>has everything else on the license.

Those who tell the government the actual address where they sleep at night
have no expectation of privacy.  Most governments don't care if you
substitute an accomodation address.  If you find a government that does
care, shop around until you find another that doesn't.  I've been turned
down exactly once in my career when I attempted to use an accomodation
address for DMV purposes.  I went elsewhere.


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