We walked out of the dealership, but not before learning that none of my personal data which was copied and recorded would be returned to me or destroyed.
It’s going to be kept on file for 7 years. Policy, you see. It goes in the same file where they keep the fingerprints.
So now I’ve lost copies of my driver’s license, credit report (which was also run without my knowledge), and marriage certificate (a copy of which was required in order to process the sale under my new name).
When I looked all this up online, I found? nothing. How is this possible? This is the Internet. Hundreds of people find my website each week from looking for photographs of owl vomit. But somehow this bizarre infraction of personal privacy has gone totally undocumented. –Brave New Car Dealer: fingerprints required to buy a car? (lornamatic)