Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Department for Transport written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will take steps to permit motorists to opt out of the arrangements by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to pass their details to third parties; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Data subjects already have a legal right to ask the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) not to release personal data where it can be demonstrated that such disclosure would cause unwarranted and substantial damage or distress.

In all other circumstances, the DVLA discloses personal information only to authorised third parties with a legitimate reason for requesting it. Information is released where it is fair and lawful to do so and in compliance with the Data Protection Act.

The DVLA has a comprehensive set of safeguards in place to ensure that the data provided to third parties is requested for specific purposes and is used appropriately.

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