Seven of the eight photos of members of the Mongols, Outcasts, Outlaws, Pagans and Warlocks motorcycle clubs came originally from the state Driver and Vehicle Identification (DAVID) system, state attorney's records show. Federal law classifies drivers' photographs as "highly restricted personal information."
"It's certainly clear that highly confidential personal information was distributed and that is exactly what the DPPA [federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act] was intended to stop," said Derek Newton, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. "We are always concerned when the government is collecting information and keeping information on people who have not been convicted."
Spokeswoman Ann Howard of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said law-enforcement officials are never allowed to publicly release drivers license photographs — "not even if someone is missing and it could save their life."