I do not wish to reveal the name of the Society. The Committee split in February and those who resigned wished to prompt an EGM to put their views to the membership. The EGM took place in June and they were successful in obtaining a vote against those remaining on the Committee. As a member of the Committee it has been brought to my attention that members email addresses were utilised by those who wished to have an EGM without the permission of the membership, or indeed were not the nominated Society Data Manager.
I have been askedto look at this for you.
There is an exemption from registration underthe provisions of the Data Protection Act for Societies and Clubs who only wantto use the information for their own purposes. Notwithstanding whether it isregistered or not, it is still a breach of the data protection act not tocomply with the principles.
This thereforeprobably is a breach of the data protection act, but from past experience, allthat you will be able to achieve is to complain to the Information Commissionerwho, at worst (or best, depending on which side of the fence you sit) will saystop doing it, and don't do it again.
To be honest, it ismore likely to be looked at as a division within the club and the informationCommissioner is not likely to want to get involved with the club politics.
I'm sorry, Iappreciate that this is not the answer you wanted but there is no point in memisleading you. I certainly would not be spending any money on pursuing anycourt action or on solicitors letters.
I have a duty toadvise you truthfully and honestly, even if that answer is unfavourable foryou.
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