murphy01132021HAO3920rSPRINGFIELD – To protect Illinois drivers’ personal information and travel records from falling into the wrong hands, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) advanced legislation out of the Senate Friday to limit the instances in which this data can be shared.

“You have the right to keep your personal information private—that includes your travel history,” Murphy said. “This legislation would tighten up current laws to ensure your comings and goings aren’t shared without valid cause.”

In 2019, reports revealed that the Illinois Tollway Authority was openly sharing drivers’ travel data with local police departments and divorce attorneys. The data showed individuals’ movements on state tollways, in addition to personal contact information, license plate numbers and more.

Under Murphy’s bill, private data derived from toll collections could only be released for toll collection purposes and pursuant to law enforcement investigations. Except in cases of emergency, police departments would be required to have a warrant or subpoena in order to obtain a driver’s information from the Tollway.

Any personally identifiable information connected to travel data would have to be deleted from Illinois Tollway Authority records within five years.

“Releasing travel records to third parties isn’t just a violation of privacy—it can put individuals like domestic violence survivors in danger,” Murphy said. “It is critical that the Illinois Tollway treats this sensitive information with the care it deserves.”

Senate Bill 2235 passed the Senate and now heads to the House.