Call For End To Sale Of Electoral Register Data

The Town Hall

The Town Hall

The Islands’ Council has confirmed that they’ve sold personal information about residents, contained on the Electoral Register.

The information is often used to generate junk mail.

The Council’s Community Relations Officer, George Pearson, told us that the Isles of Scilly Edited Register was sold once last year to a private individual for £23.

The Council didn’t request the reason for the purchase, so they have no record of what it was used for.

Earlier this week civil liberties campaign group, Big Brother Watch, called for an end to the sale of personal details by local authorities.

All councils are required to hold two versions of the Electoral Register. One is the full version that contains the names and addresses of all voters. It’s used when elections are called and also for security and credit-checking purposes.

The second is the Edited Register, which voters can opt out of, although council’s are forced by the government to make this available for purchase.

The Council’s Community Relations Officer, George Pearson, says they always provide information on how to exclude your information from this.

Nick Pickles from Big Brother Watch says most people don’t realise they can take their name off this list.

George says use of the Full Register is restricted to elections and the prevention of crime and fraud and access costs £230. He says anyone with concerns should contact the Council.



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