Scenario 1: The Election Mail
The Backstory: I am a member of the N.S.C.I club and as such receive the occasional paper mail communication from them about various events, activities etc. Around sometime last year, as part of the transition to RFID access cards - I also provided them with alternate contact details such as my phone number, e-mail address etc. However, I don't believe I have received any official communication from them over any alternate medium since.
At some point in the afternoon last monday, my phone beeped and the nagging red light ensured that I checked it right away. It seemed to be an unsigned message asking me to "Vote for Progressive Group" - which at the point didn't make much sense to me. Over the next couple of days, I received about three different e-mails from a Mr. Nasir Amlani asking me to vote for him in the upcoming NSCI board elections. I have a couple different concerns with this whole mess:
- Who gave Mr. Amlani my mobile number and e-mail address?
- If it was NSCI - Under whose authority was my personal information shared with a third party.
- Mr. Amlani used CC to send one of the e-mails and therefore has now shared the entire e-mail list with everyone marked on it.
- Who gave Kingfisher the right to sell my information?
- If the information was sold officially and legally - shouldn't appropriate bulk mail practices have been used?
- Organizations seem to find it amazingly easy to sell / distribute personal information.
- There is a level of negligence when it comes to CC'ing people on such mass e-mails and therefore making a bad situation worse.
- Otherwise reputable organizations seem to completely ignore privacy regulations and spam regulations in-order to adhere to bulk mail regulations.