"I thought Data Protection may have been of some interest to other members."
I'm sure that it is. The Data protection legislation is there to protect you and I from those people who might misuse our personal information, but no protection can ever be total - we're living at a time when information overload is the order of the day, and anyone who believes that they can remain completely anonymous and still function in society is labouring under a delusion.
The really important things, like your personal financial details, your medical records, and your private relationships should be sacrosanct, and penalties should attach to deliberate disclosure by a third party. It doesn't mean that if someone discloses your address to others they should be punished - it's a matter of degree.
Getting emails from lawyers specialising in personal injury claims when you've suffered an accident is irritating, but it's hardly the end of the world.
morddwyd Sorry that you missed out on the hearing loss. I received £3500 for my loss but it may not have been due to aircraft noise though I did have Merlin powered props singing close to my ears for some years.
I think that working in a closed room with fan assisted air ventilation for 13 hour shifts really did clobber my hearing - high tone deafness they call it.
Off subject but still to do with holding or securing of personal information.
The other day, we had a major clear-out of redundant vehicles and the like. Contacting the local registered 'scrap and breaker' company, we did a deal. With the various laws in place, we had to provide a number of personal details, and these were photographed as well as form filled.
Some of the information had to be sent to the authorities, who in turn notified us that the information had been passed onto them.
During the event of clearance, it was stated that over 600 sets of details of individual's for last month alone, were still on the 'phone' the person collecting held. It was jokingly stated, "what would happen if this information had got into the wrong hands, or what the authorities might do".
So perhaps in a nutshell, you might think that you are safe or invincible, when actually you really are not, because someone somewhere is holding information on you, that you might least expect.
On the nuisance call side, we are getting on average at least two/three daily, usually from what appears the same source, telling us that "its not to late to claim from the banks". Any number starting with 084 is usually ignored.