Sarah Marshall reports:
The chairman of Eastbourne Ratepayers’ Association is condemning the borough council for selling the names and personal details of people in Eastbourne.
The council agrees it is wrong – describing the practice as ‘disgraceful’ – but says the government forces it to sell the data.
Andrew Jay, chairman of the association, said, “When completing my electoral registration form I was amazed to learn that the council is in the practice of selling the list of names of persons on the Electoral Register to private companies for profit.
“Not only is it a gross invasion of privacy but results in each household receiving a substantial amount of unsolicited mail, with consequent damage to the environment.”
The cabinet member responsible, Cllr Troy Tester, said, “I would certainly agree that it is disgraceful that local councils are required by law to sell the edited version of the electoral register.”
Read more on Rye & Battle Observer. Apparently there may be a way to opt-out by ticking a checkbox on the form when registering, but from this side of the big puddle, it’s not clear to me how or why the government is forcing councils to sell the edited register at all.