But it's good sticking it to the man
Fair enough Dale, you have a valid point but it's all too easy to turn a blind eye. When you have large organisations abusing their customers data protection rights I believe something has to be done to make them stop. But it's also the arrogance of some of these companies that really annoys me and it makes me want to put the effort in.
The fact is, nearly every single company that I do business with contravenes or has contravened my data protection rights in some way. Tiscali my ISP have told me that they will not remove the banners on my account. Jobsite will not remove the banners on my account 'because it's a free service' - like that makes a difference? Amazon said that they were entitled to target me with advertising because I had accepted their terms and conditions. So Amazon believe that their civil contract can deny me my statutory rights. And many companies do that - put a clause in their T&Cs and then ask you to tick a box to accept them. But any term in a civil contract that attempts to deny an individual of their statutory rights is worthless. confused.com, comparethemarket.com and fasthosts.com all have worthless opt-ins to e-mail marketing in their T&Cs. They have failed to obtain your "Informed Consent" by doing so and as such they're breaking the law if they send you electronic marketing. I've submitted complaints to the ICO about all three. In fact, when I asked Fasthosts to cease processing my personal data for marketing purposes they told me that they were not able to do this. That's how bad some companies are when it comes to data protection.
The worst offenders of the lot though are the high-street banks because they believe that their code of practice entitles them to inform their customers about their products. They're so arrogant! They believe that their CoP, and it's just a code of practice - it's not legally binding, should take priority over my statutory rights. And when you try to explain to them they don't want to know.
And that's why I do it. These companies agree to process personal data in accordance with the relevant laws. But when you contact them to point out that they're doing something wrong, most of them do not want to know. I am currently in the process of taking one of the well known banks to court and then we'll see.