The Postcode Address File (PAF) is the database of UK postcodes. It is currently owned by the Royal Mail.
Ministers are planning to sell-off the Royal Mail. It was hoped that the PAF, as a publicly-funded data set, would move to being managed as Open Data, but it will reportedly remain under the ownership of the Royal Mail.
- Everyone's postcodes to be privatised in Royal Mail flotation, despite objections from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Telegraph, 2013-04-19
- PAF decision "flies in the face" of government commitments, ODI, 2013-04-19