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Guide to stamping out junk mail

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to ask any organisation in the UK to stop 'processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes'. It's a very effective way of stopping addressed junk mail, albeit a somewhat time-consuming one.

Last updated
15th June 2015

Whenever you give your name and address to a potential junk mailer, for instance when you buy a product or make a donation to a charity, always search the small print for marketing tick boxes. And, be prepared for the trick box.

Last updated
15th June 2015

News

After a one-year grace period the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has started enforcing the 'cookie law'. In practice nothing much will change; the rules have already been relaxed.

Last updated
27th May 2012

A recommendation by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee to abolish the edited electoral register has received a lukewarm response from Government; it is considering the finely balanced arguments.

Last updated
10th February 2012

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has no doubt about it: the edited electoral register should be abolished.

Last updated
5th November 2011

Which? has accused marketeers of not being clear about how they use people's personal details. The consumer champion would like to see "simple, truthful and transparent tick boxes for marketing purposes".

Last updated
21st October 2011

The Institute of Fundraising has accused 22 charities of using "poor direct marketing practices". However, it can only 'privately ask the charities to mend their ways'.

Last updated
14th May 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office has taken enforcement action against the Liberal Democrats after the party made 250,000 automated phone calls.

Last updated
13th May 2011

A survey by the Local Government Association shows that an overwhelming majority of elections officers support a ban on the sale of the Edited Electoral Register.

Last updated
13th May 2011

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has recommended abolishing the Edited Electoral Register. If accepted, local councils will no longer be legally obliged to sell voters' name and address to junk mailers.

Last updated
13th May 2011

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