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Continued: Minnesota will end bulk sales of driver’s licenses

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Last update: February 6, 2014 - 9:21 PM

“We know who we sell the car to when it leaves the showroom,” he said. “We don’t know who that person sells the car to.”

Ellison downplayed the concern, saying searches can be tailored by vehicle type.

The Minnesota Newspaper Association argues the media would face a setback. Some newspapers and television stations have bulk subscriptions now for reporting purposes.

“If we can’t get the downloads in bulk, certain types of database analysis can’t be done on a broad-scale basis on issues related to motor vehicles and Minnesota drivers,” said association lawyer Mark Anfinson. “You need the whole database to find trends, patterns and correlations. It scuttles the whole ability to do that kind of reporting.”

Ellison said there won’t be special accommodations made for media.

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