Identity theft hit an all-time high in 2016 with about 1 in every 16 U.S. adults being a victim according to one recent study. But it’s not always hackers trolling the dark web who are the biggest threat to your personal data being released. A KXAN Investigation discovered it’s our own state government that’s giving out the most important key to unlocking the rest of your personal information. And it’s an easy cash stream for the state, bringing in $2.7 million since 2010. The state statutes are conflicting when it comes to protecting a Texans date of birth. KXAN obtained a list from the Texas Department of Public Safety showing driver’s license information is sold to businesses including grocery stores, towing companies, cosmetics companies; we even found a traveling circus on the list.
Brian Collister, KXAN Austin News
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From the Texas Trial Lawyers Association news release.