Bloomberg Law
April 13, 2022, 9:15 AM

Driver’s License Privacy Claims Face High Bar in Data Lawsuits

Jake Holland
Jake Holland

Consumers will find it harder to bring federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act lawsuits against businesses that experience data security incidents, after a federal appeals court narrowed the circumstances in which those claims can survive dismissal.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit offers a reprieve for companies that face a bevy of lawsuits stemming from data events and data breaches, but attorneys say it doesn’t absolve them of responsibility.

Businesses must still guard driver’s license information carefully and ensure that it’s not disclosed because breaches or accidental disclosures can trigger common law claims as well ...

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