When renting (or buying) in the UK, estate agents will keep a copy of your ID either printed or online. I want to know the reason why this ID needs to be kept and cannot be deleted after the customer has proved who they are? Estate agents also keep copies of bank statements and other documents as well, but what is the reason for keeping these? I am trying to determine whether an on demand secure viewer of these documents could be implemented, so agents could access these docs when needed without them being stored persistently within their office.

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