A motorist given a parking ticket in Palatine, has sued the village in Federal Court for violating the Driver Protection Privacy Act. The Driver Protection Privacy Act was passed in 1993 in response to several high profile cases in which publicly available driving records were used by offenders to stalk their victims. The motorist is claiming that the Village of Palatine violated this Act when a ticket was placed on his windshield, visible for five hours, which contained his name, address, date of birth, driver's license number, height, weight and sex. The lawsuit claims that not only is Palatine failing to prevent a crime but they are making the commission of a crime possible by leaving this information in plain view for anyone to see without the permission of the car's owner. It seems like Palatine is the only town which provides more than the name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle. The maximum amount of money that the owner can collect is $2,500 but the plaintiff is requesting that it be certified as a class action lawsuit. This could potentially include hundreds, or even thousands of additional plaintiffs.
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