Data protection changes with the new GDPR regulations

DVLA has reduced the information it makes available from enquiries
We have seen the data released through the DVLA V888 procedure has reduced significantly in the last 12 months and also with an MOT history search the details on where the car was tested have been removed. Clearly those changes are part of the preparations being made by DVLA with GDPR coming into force in May 2018. See our earlier NEWS items.
Changes to V888 info release
Changes to MOT history release

V8 Registrar
V8 Register - MG Car Club

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Since the V8 Register was launched in October 1978, MGV8 enthusiasts registering their cars with the V8 Register have been asked the question whether they wish to have any information passed to fellow members. Initially that was as a common courtesy within a members' motor club but later it was necessary to comply with data protection requirements introduced in the UK. When our V8 Database was restructured some ten years ago we restricted the data release to only "limited data" and that any release would only be available to fellow members who had themselves agreed to limited data release. The reciprocal principle. That has worked well with very few requests for limited data release. The requests we have had have been mainly from fellow members trying to trace an MGV8 they once owned with a fond hope of possibly buying it back should it ever become available. Other requests come from members wishing to make contact with fellow MGV8 enthusiasts in their area for support and social reasons.

We take data security seriously and particularly the wishes of our members with regard to any release of limited vehicle details and member contacts to fellow V8 Register members. We do not release postal addresses as sadly we are aware of increasing thefts of classic cars from owners' garages. Those data release wishes are recorded in our secure database based on the response of each registrant to the question regarding their consent to the "circulation of data" - simply "Yes" or "No". Where the registrant does not make a response our system defaults to "No data release". Any updated data release requirements from fellow members are added to their record.

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018, all members who wish to update their limited data release requirement recorded on the V8 Database are requested to send in an updated registration form as soon as they can so the V8 Registrar can ensure their wishes are recorded. See our convenient online registration form

Changes to UK data protection regulations
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force on 25th May 2018. These regulations will have an impact on the way that car clubs handle, store and transfer data, and it is important that we are ready for these changes. Compared to the current data protection framework under the Data Protection Act 1998, the GDPR will bring a number of important changes and enhancements. The British Government will adopt the regulation while the country remains in the EU and mirror it once it leaves, through a new Data Protection Bill that is currently passing through Parliament.

What is the GDPR?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR” is the most important change to data protection and privacy law in two decades. It was approved by the EU Parliament in April 2016 and comes into force in the UK on 25th May 2018. The GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and, while similar to the current regime under the 1998 Act in many ways, it is a great deal more modern, taking into account major advances in science and technology. Most importantly for organisations handling personal data it is more demanding. In particular, the growth of the internet and the significant increase in the amount of personal data being transferred, stored, and processed online means that legislation that worked 20 years ago is, in many respects, no longer up to the task.