|Appears in Collections:||Management, Work and Organisation Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||The Sale of Edited Electoral Registers in Scotland: Implications for Privacy, Data Protection and Citizenship|
Webster, C William R
|Keywords:||Electoral Registration Officers (EROs)|
National Survey of Scotland’s Electoral Registration Officers
|Citation:||Leleux C & Webster CWR (2016) The Sale of Edited Electoral Registers in Scotland: Implications for Privacy, Data Protection and Citizenship, Scottish Affairs, 25 (4), pp. 479-505.|
|Abstract:||This article provides an assessment of the recent phenomenon in Scotland and the United Kingdom of selling edited electoral registers to third parties, and reflects on the implications of this practice for privacy, data protection and citizen-state relations. Drawing on the results of the National Survey of Electoral Registration Officers in Scotland, information is presented on the sale of edited registers, the types of organisation purchasing registers, revenues generated and the number of electors ‘opting out’ of the edited register. This is the first time such information has been collected nationally and therefore represents a unique Scottish ‘snapshot’. The article argues that the sale of edited registers is contentious. The collection of personal information contained within the register is critical for the successful functioning of elections and consequently our representative democratic system, yet the subsequent unrestricted sale of this information for commercial gain potentially undermines trust in democratic processes and alters the informational nature of citizen-state relations. This article offers a first opportunity to reflect on some of the consequences of this practice.|
|Rights:||Author's Accepted Manuscript: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Scottish Affairs by Edinburgh University Press. The final version of this publication is available at: http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/scot.2016.0153|
Publisher version: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
|Scottish Affairsv1.0.pdf||Author's Accepted Manuscript||785.88 kB||Adobe PDF||View/Open|
|SCOT.2016.0153.pdf||Publisher version||201.43 kB||Adobe PDF||Under Embargo until 31/12/2999 Request a copy|
Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.
This item is protected by original copyright
Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.
If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact email@example.com providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.