Councils have sold data to credit reference agencies, insurance companies and private individuals from the electoral register.
Big Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo said:
“No public authority should sell residents’ personal information to private entities for profit. This sale of data leaves us open to targeted advertising and undermines trust in councils.
The open register should be opt in rather than opt out – that way, we could truly see how many people want their data sold for marketing purposes.”
Hull Daily Mail – How much the council is making by selling your personal information