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Could the GDPR mean an end to parking fines?
One potential consequence of this could be an end to the way that private firms issue parking fines. The DVLA then takes the information it has gathered, such as our address details, and sells it to private parking firms. Providing this information to private parking fine companies is a lucrative side income for the DVLA. In the second quarter of this financial year alone, it sold some 1.4 million records. Private parking firms used these to pursue drivers for penalties up to £100. The RAC has warned that it expects the level of parking fines issued to increase significantly over the Christmas period. This could easily run to over six million if there is a boom in parking ticket numbers over Christmas. Because parking fines are such a profitable business, those involved in it are keen to spot drivers who have overstayed their ticket by even a few minutes. Parking companies allow no grace period at the end of your parking period, even at the chaotic Christmas time when checkouts are busier and shopping trips take longer. With the cost of Christmas rising every year, a £100 parking fine is something that few families can afford to weather. Of those companies cashing in on using DVLA data, Parking Eye was the main culprit during the second quarter of 2017-18. It’s not just private parking companies that are making money from drivers overstaying their welcome. English councils made a record income from parking fines and charges last financial year, at a staggering £819 million. It remains to be seen how this will be interpreted under the GDPR. Meanwhile, Sir Greg Knight is not letting the issue of parking fines drop. His private member’s bill aimed at dealing with the excesses of parking fines will be debated in the House of Commons in the New Year, as he pushes for a fairer balance between landowners’ and drivers’ rights. Do you think the GDPR will mean an end to the DVLA selling drivers’ data to private parking firms? Or will the organisation simply find a way to circumvent the new regulations? Leave a comment below to air your views.
More Bad News On GDPR 11/29/2017
A new study by Openprise shows that three out of four companies are unprepared for the General Data Protection Regulation. Openprise, a provider of a data orchestration platform and compliance services, polled 508 attendees at the recent Dreamforce conference. Of that sample, only about 52% were aware of GDPR, and a paltry 43% of the sales and marketing people knew about it. Granted, awareness was higher among those who have data on EU citizens in their systems – 72% knew of GDPR. But only 60% of those have a framework to ensure compliance with the regulation that takes effect next May. And of those that do know of the pending rule, only 49% have a framework. 32% aren’t sure what the biggest compliance challenge is. What’s the problem? For 32%, the biggest hurdle is “Managing data stored across different parts of the organization.” Another 21% cited lack of understanding of GDPR’s impact, and 10% said the issue was identifying who in their firm is responsible for compliance. Need we repeat that the penalties for non-compliance are €20 million, or 4% of a company’s annual global revenue, whichever is higher? Of course, it depends on the magnitude of the offense. You have to have affirmative consent to hold and process data on people – and to market to them. If you’re big enough in Europe, it will pay to hire an inhouse specialist to manage compliance. That said, big vendors and companies probably won’t suffer much at first. “They have a huge army of lawyers,” Allen Pogorzelski, vice president of marketing for Openprise, recently said. “Most have a compliance group. The ones that don’t are going to be caught flat-footed.” “It’s disconcerting that companies as a whole still lack awareness when it comes to GDPR, not to mention an understanding of how to gain compliance. The runway is disappearing.” King concludes, “If you have any EU data in your sales and marketing databases, you must act now to ensure GDPR compliance and avoid steep penalties that could sink your company.”