WFTS-TV in Tampa, Florida, interviewed Shook Privacy & Data Security Practice Chair Al Saikali as part of an investigation into accusations the Florida DMV sells personal information to marketing firms and private companies.
Saikali, who advises corporations on privacy matters, says it is not unusual for companies to use public records for commercial purposes.
“We’re only going to see this continue over time. Companies are going to continue to seek more data about you,” Saikali told WFTS. “Companies are essentially paying for information, for leads and for lead generation.”
Saikali suggests setting up a secondary email account for renewal notices from government agencies and limiting access to your phone number.
The media frequently interview Saikali, including The Wall Street Journal and Law360, for his insight into the legal implications of data breaches, emerging technological trends, biometric privacy, and other data security and privacy issues. He often speaks to business professionals and teaches fellow attorneys about meeting the challenges associated with the proliferation of sensitive electronic information.