Dear Sir or Madam, My name isXXXXX am the Registrar for the Austin 7 Clubs Association, which is an association of 63 clubs and registers in the UK and all over the world. As the A7CA Registrar, I look after the A7CA Surviving Austin 7 Registers, which as of last month there were 11,331 entries which break down into the following individual register, as follows:- •Austin 7s = 10,376, •Austin Big 7s = 555, •American Bantams = 8, •Dixi/BMWs = 368, •Rosengarts = 24. The Registers are available for anyone to see on the A7CA website, www.a7ca.org . Many enthusiasts and restorers find the Registers very useful in verifying details of Austin 7s that they are owning, working on or thinking of buying. The details of the cars that are listed on each register are as follows: Chassis Number, Current Registration Number, Previous Registration Numbers, Engine Number, Car Number (actually a factory number), Body Number, Original Registration Date, Model, Colour, Club(s) that the owner bellows to, Austin 7 Register that is interested in a particular model, Country where the car resides and finally a comments column that contains such information as to when the details were entered, any changes of colour or engine number etc.. If any owner wishes to correct an entry about his or her Austin 7 that is in the Register, or enter an Austin 7 that is not in the Register, they can do so simply by filling in the Notification Form on the Register webpage. We do not ask for any names, but do ask for the email address in case I have a query about the data or want to congratulate the owner on having a NEW OLD AUSTIN 7!!! What the Register does not contain is any indication as to who actually owns any of the cars on the Register. If a previous owner wishes to contact the current owner of a car, because they want to pass on old photos etc., then I first check to see if the entry has a club reference number. If there is no club reference number then the process stops there because it is an historical entry and we no longer know where the car is at all! If there is a club reference number, then I pass the enquiry onto the Secretary of that club, who then passes the enquiry onto the member who is the current owner of the car, and it is then up to the current owner to contact the enquirer or not. Therefore it is no more possible to find from the A7CA Register, who owns a particular Austin 7 than it is to do so via the DVLA website. Yesterday, I received a request to remove the details of one Austin 7 from the Register. This request came to me via the A7CA website Register Notification Form. I replied to the Notification Form, pointing out the purpose of the Register, how useful that many people who use it find it and that it does not revel who owns any of the cars nor where they live. I got the following response:- “Hi Thank you for your reply. I am the new owner of the car and I am a very private person. I keep my affairs to myself. Please delete the car from your records and respect my wishes.”. But what astounds me IS THAT HE ACTUALLY SIGNED THE EMAIL WITH HIS NAME!!!!!! How can someone who is so worried about his privacy do such a thing?? My questions to you are:- 1. How do we, as the A7CA, stand with respect to the Data Protection Act, in publishing the A7CA Surviving Austin 7 Registers on our website, bearing in mind that we do not reveal any details as to who actually owns any of the cars listed in the Registers or where they live? 2. Have we actually impinged on the privacy of this new owner of this particular car, or are we doing so, by including the details of this car in the A7CA Register, bearing in mind that the details of the car were submitted to the A7CA Register by the previous owner when the previous owner actually owned the car? 3. This particular car was apparently sold, earlier this year, via an advertisement on eBay, from which I presume that the current owner bought it. Therefore all the details that appear in the A7CA Register and more may well have been published in the eBay advertisement. How can the details of this car now be privileged information, which the new owner can now deny anyone else seeing on the A7CA Register, especially those details were already on the A7CA Register when the new owner bought the car? 4. Also all the car details are available to anybody who had downloaded the eBay sale page for that particular car? I know of one such person who has! Sorry to go on for so long about such an anorak seeming subject, but I have worked long and hard in getting the A7CA Surviving Register to what it is today, and I feel very Yours sincerely XXXXX [email protected] 15:10 8th May 2014angry that someone can come along and be able to potentially destroy a work of reference that many people all over the work find useful and interesting to be able to use.