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E mail addresses stolen; expect the spam soon

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More on this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12983177
M&S customers affected too.
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What on earth are UK firms doing storing data in the USA? Does make you woder just who has your details these days.
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Recall all census data will be processed in US, unless I'm mistaken.
Surely they can find a UK Resource.
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Got the M&S scam mail yesterday. Immediately deleted it.
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Just for the record, Capital One have told me that their UK customer base weren't affected by this.

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Quote from: Gel
Recall all census data will be processed in US, unless I'm mistaken.
Surely they can find a UK Resource.

Yes but that would mean having to employ british people and almost liking them and the UK government will never have that. Their job is to make life hard and destroy the economy, jobs, hope..
To think if they backed off and let the nation breath this could be such a nice country.
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Got the M&S scam mail yesterday. Immediately deleted it.

Probably not a scam but a genuine contact from M&S who are emailing all customers that could have had their names and email addresses compromised. Email has no clickable links or anything else that's normally found in scams.
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What on earth are UK firms doing storing data in the USA? Does make you woder just who has your details these days.

No idea but they shouldn't be. The DPA means they can only use the data themselves and not pass it on to a 3rd party unless required to by law. By handing over customer details to this company they're in breach of the DPA already whether or not that company uses the data or just stores it the data has still been handed over completely disregarding the DPA.
You know what its like though, nothing will be done about it unless someone important gets upset and stamps their feet...
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The DPA means they can only use the data themselves and not pass it on to a 3rd party unless required to by law. By handing over customer details to this company they're in breach of the DPA already whether or not that company uses the data or just stores it the data has still been handed over completely disregarding the DPA.

Wrong - http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/the_guide/principle_8.aspx
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Yet you don't quote a specific part of the text  Roll eyes
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Although the United States of America (US) is not included in the European Commission list, the Commission considers that personal data sent to the US under the “Safe Harbor” scheme is adequately protected.

As an agent acting on behalf of the companies the data can be there without breach of the DPA.
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where is all this rubbish about the UK Census being done in the US coming from?
http://2011.census.gov.uk/en/index.php?content_id=1394
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The 180,000 square foot secure facility in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester is run by UK Data Capture Limited, on behalf of Office for National Statistics (ONS). All the census questionnaires – online and on paper – will be processed here. It’s a gigantic operation, involving data capture, scanning, envelope slitting, sorting, removing spines from questionnaires and shredding. Everything will happen under one roof.
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Yet you don't quote a specific part of the text  Roll eyes

<shrug> You came up with a statement that made it obvious you hadn't a clue what the DPA really means. I gave you a pointer to an authoritative web page that, had you bothered to read it, would have shown you how wrong you were. Why should I or anyone else correct your laziness?