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What Price Privacy

"What Price Privacy" is the name of a report written by the Information Commissioner published on 10th May 2006.

It gives details of what prices people charged to obtain information (often illegally) about other people.

I have always been more concerned about how the press obtain information than what is reported. However, it is worth looking at the report and in particular Table 1 on page 24.

TABLE 1: Tariff of charges in Motorman Case
Information required Price paid to Price charged to
‘blagger’ customer
Occupant search/Electoral roll check
(obtaining or checking an address)not known £17.50
Telephone reverse trace* £40 £75
Telephone conversion (mobile)* not known £75
Friends and Family £60 – £80 not known
Vehicle check at DVLA £70 £150 – £200
Criminal records check not known £500
Area search
(locating a named person
across a wide area)not known £60
Company/Director search not known £40
Ex-directory search £40 £65 – £75
Mobile telephone account
enquiries not known £750
Licence check not known £250
* Both these involve tracing an address from a telephone number.


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