FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2002
STATEMENT FROM CITY CORPORATION COUNSEL DAVID ARAKAWA ON LAWSUIT REGARDING RELEASE OF DRIVER’S LICENSE INFORMATION
The following statement was issued by City Corporation Counsel David Arakawa:
“In Cynthia Lee and Earle Partington v. City and County of Honolulu, State of Hawaii, et al., Civil No. 02-100815-04, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City and the State over the release of driver's license numbers to the private contractor involved in the traffic cam enforcement program. The driver's license numbers in Hawaii are now undergoing a conversion from social security numbers to random numbers. The ACLU contends that the release of social security numbers violates constitutional and statutory privacy rights.
“Under Section 286-171 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, it is the State of Hawaii that is responsible for administration and operation of the statewide traffic records system. It is also the State of Hawaii, and not the City, that is providing driver's license information to the private contractor. The City merely collects information from driver's license candidates using the application form prepared by the State of Hawaii.
“Accordingly, the City does not believe that it was appropriate to name the City in this lawsuit.”