Congress was weak and cowardly when it restricted the free flow of auto registration information without a full hearing or even a debate.
The collision of individual privacy rights vs. the public's right to know is an emotional issue. Congress should have allowed public discussion of a measure that prohibits states from disclosing driver and motor vehicle information for marketing purposes without motorists' consent. Instead, Congress quietly attached a rider to the fiscal 2000 transportation spending bill.
In this new age of electronic information, society must resolve the issues that Congress ducked.