TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to safeguard personal information from identity theft and has introduced a bill that would protect the personal information stored by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Dancer’s bill would require the MVC to encrypt all data transmitted by the commission.
“The MVC must find an effective way to protect our personal information,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Agencies that handle personal information in a digital age have a responsibility to safeguard data. Cybercriminals are getting smarter and finding more creative ways to steal our information. This means we need to be proactive, not reactive.”
The bill (A4758) would also require the MVC’s chief administrator to find a way to generate driver’s license and identification numbers in a way that protects personal information from being determined. In recent years, the algorithm that generated license numbers was made public. This leak compromised data stored at DMVs across the country.
“Other states have already taken the proper steps to safeguard information, and New Jersey needs to do the same,” said Dancer. “We must do everything in our power to stop these criminals from having access to our private data and personal information.”