Pembrokeshire County Council have sold voter details from the electoral register for £20,000 over the past 7 years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Milford and West Wales Mercury report:

Nearly £20,000 has been generated since 2005 from selling the names and addresses of people living in Pembrokeshire who are on the electoral register, the Milford Mercury can reveal following a Freedom of Information request.

Pembrokeshire County Council generated £2,691.50 from the sale of details from the electoral register last year alone and a total of £18,326.50 has been made between 2005 and 2012.

Although the register of electors is legally the property of the electoral registration officer, Bryn Parry-Jones in Pembrokeshire’s case, the local authority is responsible for its maintenance.

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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.