Postcodes and the dead-hand of the Post Office
Monday, 11 August 2008 15:17

It's your data and information so why does the Post Office get away with charging for it?

The Post Office encourages us to use postcodes 'to speed our mail', or so they say. But when it comes to helping us find a postcode are they helpful ? Not of your life. It seems that there is money to be made from people wanting to know postcodes, so the Post Office, or is it now Royal Mail, or Consignia? retains copyright on postcode information and charges a hefty fee if you want to use it.

You and I paid for the setting up of the postcodes in the first place so there is no good reason for allowing the Post Office / Royal Mail / Consignia to profit from this information.

What is more worrying is that putting a restriction on the use of what is really public information stiffles creativity and the development of new products and services. Ooops, creativity and service should never be mentioned in the same sentence as any of Post Office, Royal Mail or Consignia.

This information - postcodes - belongs in the public domain so that anyone can use it to develop new products and services.

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