Saturday, 26 October 2013

Changes To Elections: Opting Out Of The Edited Register ** DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE **

By now everyone in Bar Hill and the surrounding villages will have received their application form to register to vote in the 2014 elections. Unfortunately this year South Cambridgeshire District Council has decided that it's not going to carry across the option to "opt out" of the publicly available edited register - requiring everyone to re-state their intention to not make their details publicly available to marketing companies.

It's quite disappointing that South Cambs have decided to adopt this approach. While national guidance has been issued that, broadly, states;
In order to comply with Section 11 (Right to prevent processing for purposes of direct marketing) of the Data Protection Act Councils should not carry forward your preference unless the Notice has been completed.
This has not stopped other Councils pre-ticking the "out put" box on people's forms if they had it ticked in previous years - something South Cambs has decided not to do.

The following form was included in the pack in case you missed it;

South Cambs: Changes to the Edited Register of Electors
I think it's quite poor that the Council has chosen to make it unnecessarily hard to opt out and I'll be checking to see what effect this change has had when the edited register is published (i.e. how many additional people have been included in the marketing register because of this change).