Lawsuit: Parking Ticket Shows TMI

Palatine tix include address, age, height, weight

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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As Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook become more popular, some people are learning to be careful in what they share about themselves.

Suffice it to say, Jason Senne won't be "friending" Palatine any time soon.

Senne is suing the city over a parking ticket he received on August 20. However, he's not challenging the citation. Rather, he's upset about the information that was written on it.

The ticket placed on Senne's parked Acura included his name, address, date of birth, driver's license number, sex, height, and weight, reports the Daily Herald, and was visible for at least five hours.

At least it wasn't an embarrassing photo tagged on Facebook.

Most other police departments only include a description of the vehicle; others also provide the registered vehicle owner's name and address.

But Senne argues that Palatine shares TMI (too much information).

"Palatine is not only failing to prevent the commission of a crime, it is facilitating the potential for crime by making the personal information of the vehicle's registered owner available to anyone who would desire the information," states the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which may be filed as a class-action, seeks $2500 for every ticket Palatine has issued over the past four years.

That'd be a painful poke to the town budget.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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