Feb 072013
 February 7, 2013  Posted by  Non-U.S.

I know it’s a money-maker, but I hate when government agencies are permitted to sell their databases to commercial firms. Here’s a report from Flintshire in the U.K.:

Flintshire County Council is making thousands of pounds a year selling electoral roll data to credit companies.

A Freedom of Information act by the Chronicle revealed £10,640 has been paid to the authority in exchange for personal information about some of the county’s 150,000 residents over the past five years.

And a privacy campaign group has claimed the sale of data from the council’s edited register – which contains only the names of people who have not opted out of the main roll – leads to residents being inundated with junk mail.

From the financial year 2007/2008 to 2011/2012, the authority made £350 from selling on edited register information to a law firm, a marketing company, a money advice group, a church, the Grosvenor Estate and members of the public.

Read more on Flintshire Council.

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