Car Registration Snoops Banned

David Jarvis and Matthew Davis write in the Sunday Express:

Town hall snoops have been caught red-handed using the DVLA’s database to spy on people.

The Big Brother tactics emerged after councils were given the green light to use DVLA car registration records, strictly to track down owners of abandoned vehicles.

Instead, and in breach of the rules, “inflated” bureaucrats have been checking up on residents suspected of offences that have nothing to do with motoring.

As a result, several councils have been banned from accessing the database.

Scores more have received warnings after serious breaches were uncovered.

An audit of 155 of the 432 local authorities allowed to use the database showed that the DVLA’s system was accessed 750 times a day in the 2009/10 financial year.

However, it was discovered that ­councils were using the system to track down people for a variety of offences including horse fouling, littering and owning out-of-control dogs.


The barred authorities are Nottingham City and Ashfield in Nottinghamshire; Corby in Northamptonshire; Brighton and Hove, Hastings and Lewes, all in East Sussex; Elmbridge in Surrey; Hull in East Yorkshire; Tower Hamlets in east London; Blackpool in Lancashire; Bedford in Bedfordshire and Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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