Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-59) introduced S. 2584, a bill to clarify the access to motor vehicle records in New York. It would correct a deficiency in current law unintentionally impairing some valid federally-approved uses of such records available in more than forty states.

Current law only allows for record use for "(i) issuance of manufacturer's warranty, safety recall or similar notices, or (ii) statistical complications." S. 2584 maintains privacy protections while adding allowance for appropriate research use of data by entities contracting with the state Department of Motor Vehicles (as well as other uses like battling insurance fraud, assistance to law enforcement and aiding car manufacturers with sales verification and parts distribution).

Similar to current federsal law, S. 2584 would add more uses of DMV data, including: "(ii) for use in connection with … performance monitoring of motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts and dealers; motor vehicle market research activities, including survey research…" and "(v) for use in research activities, and for use in producing statistical reports, so long as the contracting party does not publish, redisclose or use personal information to contact individuals."

S. 2584 would allow New York residents similar protections against fraud as those in most other states, prevent likely increases in automobile-related products and services, and improve the decision-making capabilities of companies, organizations and government agencies, not to mention allow for marketing research uses of such data as is common in most states.

The Insights Association urges passage of S. 2584, legislation which would allow marketing research use of motor vehicle data in New York state.