I was convicted of murder for a fight with another man. It's almost 20 years ago.I decided upon release to have a complete fresh start, as i beleive victims family and friends would see harm to me if they could and secondly i,ve created a lot of victims in my life pre 1994 and dont want to create any more,if anyone were to turn up seeking retribution.I decided to change my name, spoke to my probation officer who has told me that the area manager (probation) has said the victims family will be informed, i can't understand how this would be correct.Upon replying could you give me the case law details of any one who as a lifer challenge this point also
You are entitled to change your name. The Probation are entitled to tell the family your name has changed.
However they are NOT entitled to tell the family what it is changed to
Arguably this is a breach of the Data Protection Act
The fact they did know your name is XXXXX XXXXX because proceedings would have been in open Court.
But because you change your name, they can't simply tell the family your new name, they have no right
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Is there a ruling i can quote, in relation to this matter
It is the Data Protection Act 1998
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