to think it shouldn't be illegal not be on electoral roll and the Gov shouldn't proft ....

(48 Posts)
rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:34:12

..from selling my personal data to 3rd parties/junk mail and anyone else who wants to know my details..

themoon66 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:35:23

You can tick the box to say you don't want to be on the list that goes up for sale.

You can choose to opt out

expatinscotland Fri 26-Sep-08 12:36:30

it's illegal to not be on teh electoral roll?

damn, i had my nationality for about a year before i got round to putting myself on.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 12:37:22

You can ask to have your name omitted fromt he edited register which can be bought and used by anyone. I think the complete register can only be used by credit agencies to check your identity.

Tamarto Fri 26-Sep-08 12:39:35

You are not breaking the law by choosing not to be on the electrol role, it is not illegal to choose not to. hmm

Tamarto Fri 26-Sep-08 12:42:29

In the UK anyway.

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:46:05

look think you can only opt out for junk mail - I think it's wrong, to sell this data on whether you have opted out or not, it is meant to be part of a democratic voting process not a means to engineer profit. It looks like 98% councils are against the process anyway.. here

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:46:45

It is a legal requirement to provide the information, that is what it says on my form.

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:51:06

look here it's not just me who thinks it's a really bad idea..

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 12:51:13

Well, I agree with you. From the article you linked to, apparently it costs more to maintain the two versions of the register than is made selling the edited version anyway.

But you can stop your details being sold by having themremoved fromt he edited register.

Tortington Fri 26-Sep-08 12:51:42

yip theres a box to tick

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:52:15

By not supplying the information I will be a criminal!

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:52:44

Does that not strike you as a bit wrong?

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 12:52:48

And not able to vote. Supply the information. Tick the box.

AnarchyAunt Fri 26-Sep-08 12:53:13

It is illegal according to my council, though precisely what they plan to do about it is not certain.

I haven't registered in the three years I have been here, and don't plan to until they guarantee that nobody will have access to the information they hold about me other than for electoral purposes.

MrsFogi Fri 26-Sep-08 12:53:19

What's very wrong is that you can get called up for jury service (no problem with this) and this can financially ruin you if you find yourself on a long trial (I have a big problem with this).

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 12:53:20

Lobby your MP for a change in the law.

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:54:18

They can be removed from the edited register that is used to supply marketing companies but not from the lists that can be universally searched for a fee.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 12:57:13

Are you sure? It says here that "The full register is used only for elections, preventing and detecting crime and checking applications for financial credit."

rebelmum1 Fri 26-Sep-08 12:59:30

Yeah right www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blairs-frenzied-law-making--a-new-offence-for-every-day-spent -in-office-412072.html Labour passes a new law each day, there's over 3000 new laws already..98% of councils have stated that they are against it and that has made no difference. My MP is sick of hearing from me as it is.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 13:00:39

Ah, but this would be repealing one of those new laws wink

Tamarto Fri 26-Sep-08 13:04:45

I'm 28 have never been on the electrol roll, apart from once for a year, i've never been arrested for it either.

AnarchyAunt Fri 26-Sep-08 13:04:57

Anyone has the right to see the full electoral roll.

There are restrictions on what they are allowed to then do with the information on it, but I'm not sure how these can be implemented.

I don't want 'anyone' to be able to look up my address.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 26-Sep-08 13:05:13

Why don't you want to vote?

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