SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A recent audit of the Driver License Division indicated the department disclosed more information that it should have, and does not have any method of tracking who they gave it to.
In a press release issued by the Utah State Auditor’s Office, it said there were several places identified as recipients of some of the information such as the Utah State Tax Commission, The University of Utah, the Lt. Governor’s Office, Intermountain Donor Services and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The information released appears to range from addresses to descriptions of individuals to even Social Security Numbers.
While the audit did say the information provided did not provide any sort of safety issue to the public, but they have been told to stop sharing the information with other parties.
State Auditor John Dougall said from their perspective, the Driver License Division could take steps to better protect personally identifiable information.
“In an era when the security and privacy of personal information is already at significant risk, State agencies must be careful to limit sharing of information and must review compliance with the restrictions placed on the use and storage of sensitive information,” said Dougall.
The report may be found on the Office’s website at auditor.utah.gov and specifically at:
In response to the audit, the DLD said they will work with the legislature to clarify the intent of the statutory language regarding discloser of the information and they are currently reviewing the issues and is committed to complying with the statute regarding what data fields the DLD is able to share in the future.
The Office of the State Auditor provides Utah taxpayers and government officials with an independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance management for state and local government.