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The Italian data protection authority is investigating claims that Italian police accessed the personal data of Belgian, Dutch, and German drivers and shared it with Euro Parking Collections, a company employed by Transport for London (TfL) to issue fines for low emission zone violations.
The names and addresses of thousands of EU drivers were unlawfully accessed by Italian police and shared with the company that collects Ulez penalties on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), investigators believe.
The breaches of personal data could have legal consequences for TfL, as national laws since Brexit only allow the UK to access the personal data of EU citizens for criminal offenses, not civil contraventions like Ulez violations. There are concerns about how TfL can enforce compliance with clean air rules for foreign vehicles post-Brexit.
The fines are alleged to have been issued illegally because since Brexit, national laws allow the UK to access the personal data of EU citizens only for criminal offences, and breaching Ulez rules is a civil contravention.