European Data Protection Digest

DVLA Sales Practices Come into Question

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

January 22, 2010

A government agency in the UK has released for a fee the names and addresses of several million motorists over the last five years, reports the Daily Mail. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has come under scrutiny, once again, for selling more than 18 million names and addresses to various businesses in the private sector for commercial use. Bob Russell, a Liberal Democrat, said, "This shows there is a huge Big Brother system run by the state..." The DVLA was criticized last fall for selling motorists' information to the oil firm Castrol, which used the information for billboard advertising purposes.
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