The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Barry Noreen column
Mar 10, 2013 (The Gazette (Colorado Springs - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Does the Colorado Department of Revenue engage in what reader Steve Bartley terms "the low-life practice of selling our personal information to fly-by-night, rip-off scam artists "
Bartley says within two weeks of getting a Colorado driver's license and vehicle registration, "I started receiving unsolicited mail and phone calls wanting me to spend thousands of dollars for extended vehicle warranties and coverage. How much money is the county and
or state making off my information ....I'm mad and I'm not gonna take it anymore."
According to Colorado Revised Statute 24-72-204(7), the bulk information is not sold by the state to companies and is not to be used for sales pitches.
Department of Revenue spokeswoman Ro Silva noted the law specifically states that if the entity obtaining the data intends to use it for profit, "the department or agent shall deny inspection of any motor vehicle or driver record."
What if a company did something under-handed and used the data for a profit-making venture after promising not to
"When we are notified of a potential misuse," Silva responded, "we would notify law enforcement. The users of this data sign under the penalty of perjury that they are using the information as allowed in statute."
Someone might be breaking the law, but the state is not selling data on its motorists.
Thus it is up to consumers to report suspected abuses. Making sure you are on a no-call list can insulate you from many telemarketers.
Reader Vivian Harvell asked, "With the (Colorado Springs School) District 11 recall, how much does a recall election cost the school district "
First of all, there is not recall election yet. Backers of the recall got the green light to go ahead on Thursday.
They are hoping to recall six of the seven school board members. Only Bob Null, who voted against closing Wasson High School, is not being targeted. Backers have until May 6 to gather their signatures and if they get them an election could be scheduled.
The precise cost of such an election is unknown, but a D-11 recall election in 2006 cost the district's taxpayers $256,729.
A recall election could not be scheduled before sometime in mid- to late June. That timing is noteworthy because even if there is no recall election, there will be a school board election in November.
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