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Privacy: Electoral Roll for sale? May. 13th, 2002 03:45 pm

Local Government Minister, Nick Raynsford today published draft regulations that will allow two versions of the electoral roll to be published. These changes balance the individual elector’s right to privacy and the needs of others to carry out their functions.

Under the regulations councils will from December 2002 have two electoral registers - a full register which will be used for electoral, crime prevention, and other limited purposes such as checking people's applications for credit, and an edited register which can be sold to anyone. Electors can choose whether they want their names and addresses to appear on the edited register.

The full text of the regulations and policy paper can be found at: http://www.elections.dtlr.gov.uk/consult/register/index.htm

From: zotz
Date: May 13th, 2002 - 08:06 am (Link)
It's an improvement. At the moment they're required to sell it to anyone willing to pay - one of Thaggie's money-making moves. Of course, it wasn't officially for sale before that, so companies paid people to copy it out by hand. That must have been a soul-destroying job. It would be nice if the government would tell the junk-mail barons to take a running jump, but I can't see it happening soon.
From: feanelwa
Date: May 13th, 2002 - 12:09 pm (Link)
~raises eyebrows~
sometimes i hate being right...