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BC Auto Dealers

Discussion in 'Canada' started by KenN, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. KenN

    KenN Member

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    Yet another example of why auto dealers are no longer needed, and the Tesla sales model is the way to go:

    B.C. car dealers may be violating drivers' privacy, claims whistleblower - British Columbia - CBC News

     
  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if they're still doing it, but I had to fill out a detailed form that included my driver's license information and sign it before Tesla would let me get behind the wheel for a test drive. Did this both in Toronto and Newport beach when taking test drives.
     
  3. Ugliest1

    Ugliest1 S85: "Sparky"

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    Name, address, DL#? Personally I think that's reasonable to ensure finding the driver in case of accident etc, and as the report said to ensure its a valid license. Not sure what more they could get from a photocopy of the real thing. My eye colour I guess. I'm not as threatened by dealers, or companies, having a 'database' of my common public information (+ DL in this case) as the news report seems to imply. Especially since I won't be using any more dealers for test drives ever again! :tongue:

    I really respect BC's Privacy Commissioner and I'm glad she continues to be a thorn in the side. And I think this was a good issue to bring up to try to get people to think about what the DL photocopy or scan use case is.
     
  4. KenN

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    For my (Vancouver) test drives, they just verified my DL and asked if I wanted to give email address for "future correspondence".

    From my POV, the article is about;

    a) taking a copy of the DL and mis-representing their reasons for doing so, and

    b) submitting the info to a national marketing database and retaining indefinitely, whilst claiming "info will be destroyed in 30 days".

    That's both illegal and fraudulent.
     
  5. Jaff

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    I can't speak for other provinces guys, but in Ontario, is someone has your driver's license number, they have your birthdate...the last 6 digits of your DLN are the yr / month / day of your birth...
     

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