Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Carmarthenshire Council sold on personal details for £2,000

PERSONAL details of tens of thousands of households were sold on to third parties for less than £2,000 by Carmarthenshire Council, the Post can reveal.

The council passed on personal information such as addresses and telephone numbers of all those on its electoral register for a grand total of £1,969 between December 1 and November 30, 2010.

Among the personal details sold on are names, addresses and telephone numbers.

The companies listed in the FOI request response are CallCredit, Equifax, Experian, Crediva Ltd and Aristole Ltd.

Details were also sold to an elected member for £25, and three unnamed private individuals for a total of £50.

While the council acted within its rights, many will be surprised to discover their details can be used in this manner.

My comment: Just because they can do it doesn't mean they should. Now we know why we get so much junk mail. Junk mail causes angry residents and more rubbish for the council to dispose of, looks like they are shooting themselves in the foot.  Another badly thought out policy by another stupid council.

Read the full story from the source This is South Wales

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