DVLA answer a FOI request concerning who are authorised to access a driving record especially employers.

Employers are likely to be in possession of most of the details available on View Driving Record. They will also be in possession of additional information such as bank details which may be of more value than driver data. Employers are also subject to the obligations contained in the Data Protection Act and should not access this service. An alternative service – Share Driver Record – is being developed to provide access to driver information to those who have a right to see it. That service will be consent based.

It is made clear in the DVLA’s privacy policy that unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended). As a data controller, registered with the Information Commissioners Office, the Department for Transport will investigate any abuse of the View Driving Record or Share Driver Record services.