The Guardian launched an exclusive report Friday, revealing that Transport for London (TfL) issued fines to 1000’s of EU drivers by illegally acquiring their private data, in what’s being described as an enormous knowledge breach.
The report particulars that the breach was discovered by Belgian MP Michael Freilich. Below the current post-Brexit data protection rules, private knowledge doesn’t must be shared for non-criminal offenses, the UK authorities is prohibited from accessing the information of EU residents routinely. In response to Freilich, in 2021 EU residents started receiving hefty fines of as much as £2,000 per day when visiting London and driving via its extremely low emissions zone (Ulez). Below the present Ulez rules, drivers who don’t meet car requirements should pay a £12.50 every day when driving in Ulez zones. Non-UK autos should register with a Ulez associate 10 days earlier than coming into the town.
In response to Freilich, “Ulez primarily targets heavy, massive industrial autos,” nevertheless, drivers of household vehicles had been additionally being penalized with extreme fines. Freilich says that he submitted a freedom of data request to Belgium’s car licensing company, which revealed that the TfL associate, Euro Parking, had been denied entry to Belgian driver private data and knowledge. Nevertheless, it “employed a neighborhood court docket bailiff who accessed the database greater than 26,000 instances and handed drivers’ names and addresses to Euro Parking.” He clarified that whereas a driver’s particulars will be obtained in implementing legal court docket judgements, knowledge can’t legally be shared with a UK firm.
Belgium will not be the one EU nation impacted by the TfL’s alleged illegal assortment of information and Ulez fines. The Guardian’s report reveals that over 100 drivers in France have launched a lawsuit “claiming their particulars had been obtained fraudulently.” 5 EU international locations to date have formally accused the TfL of the information breach.
TfL has commented on the breach, asserting that “native legal guidelines allowed authorities to share car proprietor data with the UK for the enforcement of site visitors laws.” The EU states have argued that this rule solely applies for legal offenses, and failure to register a car underneath Ulez constitutes as a civil offense.