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Diary of a junk mail campaigner

Thanks to the EU Data Protection Directive you have the right to stop personally addressed junk mail. Weirdly, the pro-EU Stronger In campaign ignores that right while the Brexit campaign respects it.

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19th May 2016

Is Facebook inspiring junk mailers to do more evil?

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18th October 2010

Dr Junk Buster

I have received addressed mail from political groups reminding me to use my postal vote to further their cause. My details are not on the open version of the electoral roll. How do they get my name and address and how do they know that I use a postal vote?

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My elderly mother-in-law has Alzheimer's and my husband has Power of Attorney. She is unwittingly being scammed by Afibel and possibly other catalogue companies. Can the person with PoA send a Data Protection Notice to force Afibel to stop the junk mail?

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I have started issuing data protection notices to senders of unsolicited catalogues and, in the main, this is working. However one offender, Pia Jewellery, has replied that we are not on their database because the catalogue comes from a "third party". They have, in fairness, added a note that if, when the next catalogue arrives, they may be able to tell me who is sending the catalogue if I provide them with certain information. That seems a huge cop out to me. Can I complain to anyone about this type of behaviour?

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I continue to get marketing & promotional material sent to me by Afibel Home Shopping. I have asked them to stop but they refuse as the mailings keep coming. I also belong to the MPS. What else can I do to get it stopped? Can I go to the court to get a order placed onto them to get them to stop?

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3rd March 2015

We own two companies registered at our address and are receiving all kinds of junk mail addressed to these companies. Is it possible for us to opt out of receiving such mail?

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10th June 2013

How do I find out who sold my address details to whom?

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1st February 2013

If I send a company a data protection notice, is is there a chance – or even an obligation under the Data Protection Act – that they will delete me entirely from their database? One company has just pointed out, reasonably enough, that if they take me off the database, next time they buy a mailing list they will start sending me junk mail all over again.

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3rd January 2013

I have received hoax letters for the past 4 days with someone elses name on and my address. we think its someone who is playing a joke on us because they have been filling coupons out from magazines and using this address. can you advise me what to do please?

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10th December 2012

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