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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Data Protection

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks are carried out on organisations which have made written requests to obtain information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database. (187701)

A review on the release of information from DVLA’s vehicle register was carried out in 2006 by the then Minister for Transport. Following that review, DVLA remained of the view that the release of vehicle keeper data following alleged breaches of criminal, civil and contract law remains, in most circumstances, a reasonable cause.

However, 14 new measures were introduced for both manual and electronic applications. Although companies who apply manually are not required to be Accredited Trade Association members (as are those who make requests via secure electronic links), they are required to provide a significant amount of additional evidence to support each and every application for data, as well as fully explaining the reason for their request for information, and how the information will be used. In the case of car parking enforcement companies, this includes providing a résumé of their business, evidence that the company is acting on the landowner's behalf, that a parking charging scheme is in operation, and where applicable, that the company is registered at Companies House and with the Information Commissioner’s Office. All forms contain a note that reminds applicants that it is a criminal offence under Section 55 of the DPA to falsely obtain personal information.

If the additional evidence requirements are complied with, information is then released in accordance with Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002.

The Agency carries out ad-hoc audits on companies and other public bodies to ensure that enquiries are appropriate.