For All Vehicle Claims

Personal Data or Not?

Reference: FS50186040

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Section 50)

Decision Notice

Date: 23 November 2009

P Swift & Metropolitan Police Service

VRMs of cars owned by corporate entities that are not sole traders


  1. The Commissioner believes that VRM numbers owned by commercial entities cannot be personal data as they do not relate to a ‘living individual’. FS_50186040 VRMs and personal data

This decision is similar to the Information Tribunal’s judgment in Mr Colin P England and the London Borough of Bexley v IC [EA/2006/0060, 0066] where the Tribunal found that the addresses of empty properties not owned by individuals were not the personal data of ‘living individuals’ and should be disclosed.