The DVLA is selling the names and addresses of vehicle owners to private parking companies

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) manages a vast amount of data. This includes drivers’ names, addresses, dates of birth, photographs, entitlements, endorsements, convictions, and relevant medical information. The DVLA also holds information about vehicle registration numbers, identification numbers, makes and models, emissions and tax status.

It claims that it only passes data to third parties where there are “practical motoring benefits”. However, we have discovered that the DVLA is passing the names and addresses of registered vehicle owners to private parking companies to enable them to issue parking fines.

At Keller Lenkner UK, we believe that this commercial exploitation is a misuse of personal data and a breach of data protection regulations. As a result, we have launched a group action to help those living in England and Wales affected by this shocking privacy failure.

Can you sue the DVLA?

If you have been issued with a parking charge notice (PCN) since 2016 you could be due compensation. In total, around 16 million people may be affected by this illegal handling of data.

To start a claim, you will need to provide us with evidence that you have been issued with a PCN (e.g. payment of the fine, the original PCN etc.), the name of the parking company and the location of the private car park where the fine was issued.

If you have received a private parking fine from 2016 to the present day, the DVLA could have breached your data and you could be due thousands of pounds in compensation.

We are running this case on a no-win, no-fee basis. No-win, no-fee means that, if your claim is not successful, you won’t have to pay a penny towards your case. There are no hidden charges or other administration fees.

Our opinion

Commenting on this case our head of data breach and expert data protection lawyer, Kingsley Hayes said:

“The public sector handles some of our most sensitive personal data. It is only right therefore, that under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), your data can only be processed for “specified, explicit and legitimate” purposes. The DVLA’s privacy policy states that it may share personal data with private parking companies, but we do not believe that this squares with the purpose for which the data was collected in the first place.

“The sale of personal data is also prohibited under UK data protection law. But in 2018, according to an article in the Sunday Times, the DVLA generated £16.3 million from the transfer of vehicle holders’ data. The DVLA claims that it does not profit from the release of this information, but that it charges a fee to cover the cost of providing the information. However, under GDPR the DVLA is prohibited from charging a fee and effectively selling personal data.

“By passing your data to private parking companies, we believe that the DVLA is breaching the confidence of registered vehicle keepers and breaking data protection law. In response, Keller Lenkner UK is seeking compensation for infringements of data protection legislation dating back over six years.”

If you believe that your data has been misused by the DVLA, and you would like to find out what you can do about it, contact Keller Lenkner UK to discuss a no win, no fee compensation claim.

Contact Keller Lenkner to discuss the DVLA data privacy violation.

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