Some people…

I’ve just had a really enjoyable phone call.

Some prat with a sarcastic voice has phoned up asking for details of a caravan sold 5 years ago.

“I’m just doing my 6-years accounts”… (what the f*** are the 6-year accounts?) “I’ve got this sheet that says you owe me £500. Can you check my file?” He offers to “phone back later”.

This request clearly comes under the Data Protection Act. I ask that the request is put in writing. He asks why. I explain that I need to identify him… because anyone could phone up pretending to be him. This is when the sarcastic comments start.

To hell with that. I don’t need the hassle. I hang up.

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From the Act:

A data controller is not obliged to supply any information under subsection (1) unless he has received—

(a) a request in writing, and

(b) except in prescribed cases, such fee (not exceeding the prescribed maximum) as he may require.

(3) A data controller is not obliged to comply with a request under this section unless he is supplied with such information as he may reasonably require in order to satisfy himself as to the identity of the person making the request and to locate the information which that person seeks.

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I’ve checked the files… the man on the phone certainly isn’t the data subject… the data subject is female

And the £500 was paid. To her. In 2003.

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