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Opting out of the open register of electors

When you apply to join or update the electoral register, you can choose to have your name and address excluded from the open register, meaning your details can not be bought to use for marketing purposes.

You can also opt out of the open register as part of the Annual Canvass.

Alternatively, you can opt out of the open register by making a 'declaration' to the Electoral Registration Officer (the data controller), at any time, that you do not want your personal data to be used for the purposes of direct marketing, in accordance with section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998*.

You can make your declaration, including your full name and address and your declaration that you wish to opt out under section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998:

  • by email
  • by telephone
  • by post

*Under section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998, an individual is entitled to prevent the processing of their personal data for the purposes of direct marketing. 'Direct marketing' is defined in the Act as meaning the communication (by whatever means) of any advertising or marketing material which is directed to particular individuals.

'Personal data' means any information which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data or from any other information which is in the procession of, or likely to come into the possession of, the data controller (the Electoral Registration Officer of the City of York Council).