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Private company selling Georgia crash records

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ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say selling crash reports to a private company has saved time and money, but some drivers cite concerns over costs and privacy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/PLI0bH ) reports the Georgia Department of Transportation has been selling crash reports to Kentucky-based company Appriss, which runs Buycrash.com.

Crash reports are resold online for $11 to drivers, insurers and the media. Some drivers say officers never told them they could get the same report from local authorities for less.

The newspaper reports law enforcement agencies are paid between $2 and $5 for each accident report sold online, and that personal information isn't legally required to be redacted since the reports aren't technically public records.

Appriss president David Kaelin says the company is diligent about storing data on who is accessing the records.

 

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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