Who has my personal details?

Let us have a look at the Electoral Register.

There are two versions of the register – the full Register and the open Register. The full register is used for elections and referendums, preventing and detecting crime, and checking applications for credit. The open register can be purchased and used for commercial activities such as marketing.

Your details will appear on the full version of the register, but did you know you can choose to not have your details appear on the open register?

The open register, also called the edited register, contains the same information as the full register but is not used for elections or referendums. It is updated and published every month and can be sold to any person, organisation or company for a wide range of purposes. It is used by businesses and charities for checking names and address details; users of the register include direct marketing firms and also online directory firms.

You can choose whether or not to have your personal details included in the open version of the register; however they will be included unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register will not affect your right to vote.

If you are not already opted out but want to prevent your personal details on the electoral register from being made more widely available, you can make a request at any time to your local electoral registration officer for your details to be removed.