Today I received notification of my being enrolled into two electoral registers in the UK
1. The electoral register, meaning I can vote
2. The open (edited) register

The open register is an edited register, containing - apparently - only your name and address.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data protection legislation.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed.

Source: Royal Greenwich Borough

This information is sold by local councils to companies seeking to verify your identy, mortgage lenders, landlords, but it is also sold to:

  • Direct marketing firms when maintaining their mailing lists

I don't know about you, but I do not want any one person or organisation being able to buy my information without my express consent.

This is the email I sent to my local council (Waverley):

To whom it may concern,

I recently received a letter regarding auto-enrolment onto the electoral register, plus the open register.

You are instructed to remove any and all details held on the Open Register about my person as soon as you are able.

I will require confirmation, in writing, of the following:

  • Which details about me are held on the open register?
  • Has my information ever been bought? If so, by whom?
  • Any and all details held regarding my person have been removed


    Benjamin Gisvold