G-INFO and data pro­tec­tion

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

I be­lieve it is un­rea­son­able that the UK Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity con­tin­ues to openly pub­lish the full name and ad­dress de­tails of per­sons who are air­craft own­ers at the G-INFO air­craft regis­tra­tion database.

I un­der­stand that it is how it was pre­vi­ously done and is not UK law, how­ever since GDPR surely this con­tra­venes the new laws. The DVLA are not duty bound to pub­lish my de­tails and al­low peo­ple to look me up based on my car regis­tra­tion but that is ex­actly what G-INFO al­lows. This is es­pe­cially per­ti­nent as I can now be tracked in com­monly avail­able apps on phones and tablets. Thus I could eas­ily be sub­ject to a house break-in if a smarter than av­er­age bur­glar de­cided to track me and work out when I was not at home.

I would ap­pre­ci­ate you look­ing into this and in­form­ing me if any­thing is be­ing done about it. Tony Bar­ber by email The CAA re­sponded: The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity Reg­u­la­tions 1991(Reg­u­la­tion 8) de­ter­mines that the Air­craft Regis­ter must be made avail­able for in­spec­tion by any per­son. Although the most re­cent up­date of the Reg­u­la­tion dates from 1991, the re­quire­ment to make the Regis­ter pub­licly avail­able has ex­isted from the very be­gin­ning of civil avi­a­tion in the UK. The ANO 2016 de­ter­mines what in­for­ma­tion ap­pears on the Regis­ter. New leg­is­la­tion would need to be in­tro­duced to change this Reg­u­la­tion and that is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the De­part­ment for Trans­port.

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