This is pretty much where my line of thought was heading.
Remembering an Act Now piece from way back when that looked closely at re-uses of Council Tax data (here - https://www.actnow.org.uk/media/articles/Data_Protection_and_The_Use_of_Council_Tax_Data.pdf ), the penultimate parag on page 2 does seem a pretty clear statement of belief on the matter.
There are provisions in the Digital Economy Act that now allow for local authority - held data to be provided to utilities companies, but not for the pursuit of bills - if LAs can't disclose in connection with debt-chasing, it's hard to understand how they'd be able to process it in-house to chase someone else's dues.
Would be interesting to see the DPIA for such an enterprise.
Deputy Data Protection Officer
Data Protection Office
Strategy, Performance and Transformation Directorate
Sunderland City Council
FW: [data-protection] Use of Council Tax Data
"Speirs, Seth" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 9 Jan 2019 12:32:02 +0000
Parts/Attachments text/plain (1 lines)
It is really ok that a public body that has powers to compel data subjects to provide data for the purpose of council tax collection can then be used to assist in the collection of private debts just because the council happens to have taken on that task?
Would it be legal for the council to give this data to the utility company for the same purpose?
All archives of messages are stored permanently and are
available to the world wide web community at large at
If you wish to leave this list please send the command
leave data-protection to [log in to unmask]
All user commands can be found at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/help/subscribers/subscribercommands.html
Any queries about sending or receiving messages please send to the list owner
[log in to unmask]
Full help Desk - please email [log in to unmask] describing your needs
To receive these emails in HTML format send the command:
SET data-protection HTML to [log in to unmask]
(all commands go to [log in to unmask] not the list please)