Are car hire and insurance firms using private data to reject customers?

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New electronic access to drivers’ licence details has sparked concerns that firms are misusing information about drivers’ past convictions.

Motorists with a clean driving licence risk being unfairly denied car hire or cheap insurance premiums as a result of a Government-backed data-sharing project, according to experts.

The Department for Transport is handing over details of Britain’s 40 million drivers to companies, including details of driving convictions, as part of its “MyLicence” project.

But promises that the database will “catch fraudsters and take the guesswork out of insurance applications” come amid concerns that insurers are misusing information about old driving offences to reject customers. Read the full article here.

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