MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this month on whether police can redact information gleaned from driver data from reports released to the public.
A federal appeals court ruled in 2012 that the village of Palatine, Ill., violated the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act by leaving a parking ticket on a resident’s car listing his personal information.
Police often use driver records to obtain information such as names, addresses and birthdates. Since the appellate ruling, dozens of Wisconsin departments have been redacting such personal information from reports to avoid violating the privacy act.
A judge ruled last year, though, that New Richmond didn’t have to redact police reports for the New Richmond News. The city has appealed.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Sept. 18.