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Topic # 98800 6-Mar-2012 17:50 Send private message

I just got a large (longer than A5) cardboard piece of marketing material addressed to me personally from Slingshot.

It's styled as an OSX popup titled "Attention: Mr Rich, You are currently paying too much for your broadband. Do you wish to continue being overcharged?"

I'm curious as to where Slingshot lifted my details. I've never been a customer of theirs or signed up to any lists. Are the purchasing marketing databases from some other dodgy ISP selling details or something?



 

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  Reply # 591375 6-Mar-2012 18:05 Send private message

Could be from the electoral roll? Accessible, but not sure if its legit to use the data from it.

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  Reply # 591381 6-Mar-2012 18:23 Send private message

hads: I just got a large (longer than A5) cardboard?piece?of marketing material addressed to me personally from Slingshot.

It's styled as an OSX popup titled "Attention: Mr Rich, You are currently paying too much for your broadband. Do you wish to continue being overcharged?"

I'm curious as to where Slingshot lifted my details. I've never been a customer of theirs or signed up to any lists. Are the purchasing marketing databases from some other dodgy ISP selling details or something?



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Ask them. I think they have to tell you, as I think under the privacy act you do have the right to see any information they have stored about you.

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  Reply # 591392 6-Mar-2012 19:16 Send private message

The answer is they could get your address from just about anywhere. Electoral roll, council rating roll, that "weetbix" competition you entered last week, the raffle ticket you brought at the local market etc etc etc. Maybe not the best examples, and some not legal (but hey we know it happens) but you get the idea. Just think about all the places you have ever entered your address in the last few years, could be any one of them.





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  Reply # 591401 6-Mar-2012 19:44 Send private message

scuwp: The answer is they could get your address from just about anywhere. Electoral roll, council rating roll, that "weetbix" competition you entered last week, the raffle ticket you brought at the local market etc etc etc. Maybe not the best examples, and some not legal (but hey we know it happens) but you get the idea. Just think about all the places you have ever entered your address in the last few years, could be any one of them.



Of that I am aware, it's the legality aspect that I'm more interested in. I'll guess I'll have to talk to them directly and see if I get some sore of answer for the amount of time I'm willing to invest in it.




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  Reply # 591424 6-Mar-2012 21:01

You would have a field day in the uk. Its one letter...




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