Under Pennsylvania law, an individual's driver record can be provided to non-government sources only for insurance, employment and credit-reporting reasons.
DAC spokesman Derek Hinton acknowledges that the illegal activities did occur but emphasizes that the companies did so in violation of contracts with DAC. The company has dropped both clients and Hinton says legal action will be taken.
Earlier this year PennDOT canceled a contract with ChoicePoint Services Inc., an Alpharetta, GA, based company that provides driver records to insurance companies, employers and creditors. According to PennDOT, an investigation in that case revealed that ChoicePoint was offering insurance companies Internet access to Pennsylvania driver records, potentially compromising the security of those records.
Investigators also found ads on the Internet offering Pennsylvania driver records for sale.