MPs criticise inclusion of postal data in mail sell-off – TelegraphBy
The message we’ve been broadcasting is being absorbed. The UK Parliament’s important Commons Public Administration Committee has criticized including the postcode address file in the assets of Royal Mail when it was made a public corporation. Its Chairman is quoted as saying, “Public access to pubic-sector data must never be sold or given away again.”
The Committee report notes, “The PAF should have been retained as a public data set, as a national asset, available free to all, for the benefit of the public and for the widest benefit of the UK economy.”
The Committee report asserts that the file was included in the sale to boost the price at which the stock was sold. This to us is important market recognition of the value of the address.
At last, someone is listening!