Buckinghamshire CC ANPR cameras

Clive D.W. Feather clive at davros.org
Thu Jan 12 10:05:33 GMT 2012

Chris Edwards said:
> | http://ec.europa.eu/justice/policies/privacy/docs/wpdocs/2007/wp136_en.pdf
> | 
> |         "a person may be identified directly by name or indirectly by a
> |         telephone number, a car registration number, a social security
> |         number, a passport number or by a combination of significant
> |         criteria which allows him to be recognized by narrowing down the
> |         group to which he belongs (age, occupation, place of residence,
> |         etc.)".
> Does that apply to *all* processing of registration numbers ?  Or only if 
> the controller can realistically turn it into a name ?

The EU says if anyone can realistically turn it into a name.

> E.g a garage collects registrations of its customers, and can turn them 
> into names via it's records.  So personal data.  But the typical 
> (non-government) ANPR operator may collect loads of registrations, the 
> vast majority of which they are unable (as Ian notes) to turn into a name, 
> as they don't have access to DVLA database.

However, they can make an enquiry of DVLA, who publish a long list of
situations when they'll release information. It wouldn't be hard to fake up
a reason that fits.

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