In three years the Met have earned in excess of £5m for selling the details of the those involved in traffic accidents to insurance companies. 

The Freedom of Information request was made by insurers LV= Liverpool Victoria.

The Mail report:

The Metropolitan Police has received more than £5million over three years from passing on the details of traffic accidents to victims’ insurance companies and lawyers, it emerged today.

It is legal for details of incidents to be given to other service providers, if they have been granted the victim’s permission and act on their behalf.

This information is then used for pursue compensation claims by lawyers for the victims.

The Metropolitan Police has received more than £5million since 2009. Hampshire Constabulary has been paid more than £480,000 since 2010, and Fife Constabulary £194,000.

You can read the full story here.

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.