2011: Anonymous – Emmerich
It may surprise you just how much information is “out there” about you. This is now being used by all sorts of people and the final straw that broke the camels back (mine) this week was a flurry of phone calls to my home telling us that there was something wrong with our computer. This was (and is) of course a complete scam. This leads the unsuspecting to download some software onto their computer for any number of potential crimes committed against you. Of course being criminal, they pay no attention to data protection laws (or any other) and persist with contact.
So what can you do? well start by having a look at 192.com. Try looking up yourself. If this worries you then you can opt out, something that 192.com have to comply with. To make your life a little easier, here is the form that you need to fax to them and the relevant page, which is buried within the site itself. Removing yourself from the Edited Electoral Register is also a shrewd move. It is your right under section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998 to have your name and address excluded from the Edited Register on a permanent basis. Each person must inform the Electoral Registration Officer separately that they want to do this. I understand that this needs to be done with your local council, you can find out precisely where this is by going to this DirectGov link. You might want to send Keith Marsden, the MD of 192.com your thoughts on how you don’t want your data sold. I hope that it goes without saying, we protect our client data and never sell it to anyone.
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