Andrade denounces BMV selling Hoosiers’ personal information, poses serious threat to state cybersecurity

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Mike Andrade (D-Munster) issued the following statement in response to a recent report by CBS4Indy finding the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to be selling Hoosiers' personal information for a profit.

“I am very concerned about the threat this poses to Indiana's cybersecurity and the personal security of individual Hoosiers. The BMV is a trusted state agency and has a responsibility to protect the personal information of the Hoosiers it serves, especially when handling information necessary to commit harmful acts like identity theft and fraud. With cyberattacks on the rise, Indiana cannot afford to have any cracks in our defenses.

“Last week, I organized the first-ever Lake County Cybersecurity Conversation and spoke directly with stakeholders and heard how cybersecurity affects local businesses and working families, not only in my district, but throughout the entire state. The BMV may be profiting now, but the state as a whole will pay if the personal information of Hoosiers is not protected. I strongly encourage the General Assembly to consider and support legislation to address this weakness and show true commitment to shoring up Indiana's cyber-defenses.”

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