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Car crash Selling crash report data may not be legal in some jurisdictions that consider it a violation of privacy. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Willis Price and Kevin Kerr were involved in separate auto accidents in Memphis, Tenn. Within hours, they began receiving unsolicited calls advising them of their “right” to collect money from their accident. No one asked about any injury, or the severity of their accidents — it was only a pitch to collect insurance money. Both decided to hire a lawyer, though not to collect for any injuries. Instead, they wanted to protect their right of privacy from the invasive callers.

They filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The action seeks to enjoin the Memphis Police Department from selling personal information contained in traffic crash reports unless the parties involved fully consent.

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