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TVBC Sell Electoral Register Data

Test Valley Borough Council are one of the councils on a list of local authorities that have sold electoral register data to individuals and organisations. [Read more...]

Test Valley Borough Council are one of the councils on a list of local authorities that have sold electoral register data to individuals and organisations.

During the 5 year period of the report TVBC sold the information 12 times – 5 to individuals and 7 to organisations – giving them £402 income. Hampshire County Council did not respond to the request.

The Democratic Value report by Big Brother Watch covers the 5 years from 1st May 2007 to 1st May 2012 and shows over 307 councils have sold information from the edited electoral register.

Big Brother Watch said: “Councils have no say in selling the register – and it probably costs more to administer than they bring in through charges – but threats of legal action mean they can do little to assist residents and there is not widespread awareness of understanding of why there are two versions of the electoral roll.

The Edited Elector Register was introduced in 2002 and your information can be sold by the authority.

If you wish to have your details removed from the list that can be sold, the report contains a template you can use to request permanent removal of your data and also a Freedom of Information request to ask who your data was sold to.

Download the report here as a PDF.

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Thank you to Nadine O’Connor for the initial awareness.

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    Statement from TVBC – Big Brother Watch report “Democratic value: Exposing the scale of the commercial sale of the edited electoral roll”

    Test Valley Borough Council does not market the edited electoral roll (also known as the edited electoral register). The edited roll contains the names and addresses of those residents who did not take the decision to opt out when completing the annual electoral registration form or when applying subsequently . In Test Valley some 66 per cent of electors opted out. If asked for the edited electoral roll the council is legally obliged to provide a copy, which can be used by anyone for any purpose. The charges for doing so are set by central government and do not cover the council’s cost in providing the information.

    The full list of registered electors is used for elections. It also has to be provided on demand to political parties and to the police to help prevent and detect crime. Credit reference agencies have the right to purchase the full list to check applications for loans and credit. These agencies are then within their rights to sell the list onto third parties but include only those names from the edited element of the register. The Council has no control over this practice.

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