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Forming New Strategies

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After a number of conversations with film investment firms, dentistry investment partnerships and recruiters re-using databases for tax and cv services, I've decided to start experimenting with different approaches. More detail as the year goes on but I'm currently awaiting the results of an ASA complaint, one ICO investigation and 22 subject access requests (DPA & PECR related requests for information).

More information as the different situation develop but teetering on the edge of ICO & ASA complaints along with civil action include giants such as Waitrose. It's only April and I've got a feeling it's going to be a very busy year - there's so many small firms out there buying peoples data and turning it into leads [unsolicited marketing] whilst other firms are making money from scraping jobs boards and selling on supposed valid candidates.

When you apply for a job on most job sites they automatically subscribe you to their services - have a look a th…

Going All The Way

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After a couple of posts earlier this year relating to MyJobMatcher.com, and a chrous of similar voices across the Twitterverse; I've decided to take it to the next stage.

One of my posts detailed a subject access request made to them -  the results were simply astounding: They admitted in writing that they had used a company in Lahore, Pakistan to buy peoples personal data scraped from job board websites. MJM initially claimed that they had ensured that the scrapers would only supply recent (last six months) details and only details for those that had provided consent.

The resume and contact informtion they had acquired dated back to 2007 which was a pretty clear sign only lip service had been paid to validation. The usual excuse of "you must have checked the checkbox for partner offers" wasn't going to wash here.

To add fuel to the fire; a few months later even more people took to Twitter to voice their dissent. Not only had the Twitterverse erupted with complain…