Got to be with FE here. Frankly I am not bothered a lot if the intent of gathering the information is for National security. No, big time if it is for marketing. Freedom to decide my anonymity is all I ask, not that I have anything to hide, feel free to look at my PC!! Its just the idea of having to give information that is unacceptable to me.
Simply having the serial number is not enough to prove that the person stood in front of them is the person who purchased the item. you have every right under the data protection act to know what a compnay is going to do with information you give them, and as I stated you always have the ability to request no marketing
If you're not on the electoral roll, you're breaking the law. If you are a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen living in the UK , you are required by law to provide your name and address for inclusion in the register, and if you fail to register you can be fined up to £1000.
Whether you vote or not is your affair, but if you're on the roll (and you aren't in any way disqualified) you have the right to vote - it's not a question of being valued or otherwise, nobody can stop you.
You don't need a voting card in order to vote. Just turn up at the polling station and give your name and address to the polling officer. He/she has a copy of the roll on the desk, and will check that you are registered to vote.
There's no legal requirement for you to have a card - that's just there to help speed things up for the polling station staff.