Public authorities have been banned from a the DVLA’s database of motorists for not using it correctly a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The figures are revealed amid fears that journalists may have used authorities to access information about individuals but the data released does not show if this was the case or not.

The BBC report:

Hundreds of local authorities have been banned from accessing the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) database for not using it properly.

Councils trawl the database of every registered driver in the UK to find the addresses of motorists refusing to pay parking fines, among other things.

But the DVLA regularly checks for security and other breaches.

It has temporarily banned 294 bodies since 2009, including local councils, Sussex Police and Transport for London.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.