This is a repost of the original planning thread here: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/26-think-tank/euro-folks-data-protection-laws-lulz-7983/ Updates 19/04/08 - DPA request letter confirmed delivery 10/05/08 - Initial reply containing 2 further breaches of DPA (see next post) 13/05/08 - Confirmed delivery - Scientologys LAWYERS have recieved my reply. 17/05/08 - Another reply recieved 11/06/08 - Both Theta_Omega and myself have filed complaints with the information commissioner for breaches of the data protection act. What's the idea? We intend to use the Data Protection Act to do one of two things - either to provide 100% complete and utter protection from fair gaming in the UK (and most likely in all EU countries), or we will catch them with their pants down their ankles, arseholes lubed up with spread cheeks as they break the data protection act and incur a full investigation into all procedures and practices by the Information Commissioner. What's the drawback? To do this you WILL be made known to them. If you're being fair gamed already then it's not going to make any difference. If you're not being fair gamed then you're handing all the details they need to fair game you on a silver platter with a "please rape me" sign on. However. If they do rape you, there will be a full investigation including incredibly hefty fines as well as the complete and utter loss of the right to hold personal data by the cult. Oh, and you'll be entitled to a very very nice sum of compensation which will be a slam dunk court case. So what's the theory? The Data Protection act provides you with a certain amount of rights with regards to personal information held about you anywhere in the UK as well as placing harsh restrictions on companies on how they hold and use that information. You can read the full act here: Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29) You can read the information commissioners explanation of the act as well as their summary of your rights here: The Data Protection Act - Information Commissioner's Office - ICO The second area covered by the Act provides individuals with important rights, including the right to find out what personal information is held on computer and most paper records. Should an individual or organisation feel they're being denied access to personal information they're entitled to, or feel their information has not been handled according to the eight principles, they can contact the Information Commissioner's Office for help. Complaints are usually dealt with informally, but if this isn't possible, enforcement action can be taken. What this means is that the private data that Scientology uses to track and harrass critics must be correct and must be processed in line with your basic rights. They CANNOT give out your personal information without your consent and they can only use the information ever given to them for the purpose that it was given to them. If you gave them any personal information say, to request something that you're entitled to under, it would be very very illegal for them to use that information to fair game you. So, the particular parts that we're looking at. 1. You have the right to request a copy of all the information held on yourself by a company. This includes all personal information, any internal documents or memos about yourself, CCTV and photos etc. To do this is called a Data Subject Request. Companies are allowed to charge up to £10 to provide you with this information and must do so within 40 days of recieving a request. Source: How to access information - Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) 2. You have the right to request them to stop processing your information if you have good reason to believe it will cause you unnecesary distress. This is fair game. You have the right to tell them to stop fair game, and if they do not then the information commisioner will wade in, lawyers first. This does not cost anything and simply takes the form of a letter. They have 21 days to confirm that they have stopped processing your information or provide the reason that they have not. If the reason is not good enough or you believe it is false, then you can send the information commisioner in. Source: How to access information - Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) I spoke to the information commissioners office on the phone (08456 30 60 60) and confirmed the following: - The Church Of Scientology would not be allowed to post your personal information including, but not limited to, age, date of birth, photos, address, phone number, sexual preferences, past convictions, current convictions, ailments and accusations to the general public or to other companies without your consent. - Regardless of the other illegalities of fair gaming and harrasing you and your friends, fair game is more than enough justification to tell them to stop processing your information and the Church Of Scientology must comply by law. The lass that I spoke to confirmed that she could think of no reason, unless we had signed a contract or agreement with them, that they could overule the argument of fair game. - The cult MUST provide all documentation on yourself including personal information but also internal memos and documents and if those documents implicate them as breaking the law, you can use that as evidence against them. - If you believe that they are withholding information about yourself, you can lodge a complaint with the information commissioners and they will barge in and find out for you. - If they break the law again (they have been in breach before) then they will lose all rights to hold personal data in the UK and will receive HUGE fines. So is this just in the UK? No. There are data protection laws in all EU countries which follow similar principles. Dub provided us with this list: So how do we do this? Ok, you need to send two letters as Scientology is registered twice in the UK. Here are the addresses (thanks Theta-Omega): Information Commissioners - Data Protection Register - Entry Details and Information Commissioners - Data Protection Register - Entry Details - Make sure you use recorded delivery. Post the letters from a post office and use recorded delivery. This means that you can track the letter and have 100% proof that they have accepted it and have the letter. This is all the proof that the information commissioner requires that you have made a subject access request (source: the lass on the phone in the commssioners office). - I'd recommend sending 3 copies of the letter to yourself, but they don't have to be recorded delivery. Now the copies of the letter are there if Scientology tries to pin bomb threats/anthrax letters on you. If it comes down to it, you will have 3 copies of the letter that will be postmarked by the post office. When you recieve these back, DO NOT OPEN THEM. Keep them and keep them safe. They are not 100% reliable in court but coupled with Scientologys history and citing Operation Freakout, I don't see any court case siding against you. - If possible, only seal the envelope in the post office and get witnesses. Preferably police, obviously not always possible, and show the contents of the letter to the clerk before sealing it. - Include a £10 postal order with each letter. Do not send a cheque for obvious reasons. £10 is the maximum that a company can charge for a subject access request and we know they will charge the maximum if they acknowledge your request. Here are the points that you need to cover in your letters: - You are making a subject access request for any and all personal information on yourself. They have 40 days to provide the information and you have included the £10 postal order to pay for this. They have your name and address at the top of the letter but I would recommend that you provide a little more information just to make sure they cant throw back "Well we just couldnt find them!". I gave a brief summary of my activities in the York protests and am including a passport photograph. - You are telling them to stop processing information on the grounds of fair game. You must provide adequette explanation of fair game and why this might effect you. Cite the case of Bonnie Woods: Scientologists pay for libel | UK news | The Guardian They have 21 days to confirm they have stopped or give the reason why they have not. - The information you give in the letter is to be used only to track down other data held by scientology and must not be stored for any longer than it takes them to make copies of your personal information. Here is the letter that I sent. You can copy/paste this letter if you wish but obviously change the paragraphs relating to me: What happens then By Law, Scientology responds saying they have ceased all information processing by yourself. They also provide you with a copy of all internal documents on yourself which would include any memos or notes as to what they intend to do with the information. You are 100% safe from Fair Game and they drop their attacks if they are already fair gaming your or they stop any planned attacks. You may also have evidence that they were planning illegal activities with the information. We all know that Scientology bends, if not breaks the law constantly. So here are the other outcomes: - Scientology ignores your request for copies of personal information or takes longer than 40 days to respond. Action: Phone the information commissioner and complain. Outcome: Scientology gets fined and loses the right to hold personal information in the UK. You are entitled to compensation. - Scientology sends you copies of some information but you suspect it isn't everything, e.g. there's no memos saying what they're going to do with that information or they have taunted you with that information. Action: Phone the information commissioner and complain. Outcome: Scientology gets fined and loses the right to hold personal information in the UK. You are entitled to compensation. - Scientology ignores your request to cease all processing or takes longer than 21 days to respond. Action: Phone the information commissioner and complain. Outcome: Scientology gets fined and loses the right to hold personal information in the UK. You are entitled to compensation. - Scientology doesn't give you a good enough reason why they aren't stopping their processing. Action: Phone the information commissioner and complain. Outcome: The Information Commissioner speaks to Scientology and sets the record straight. If Scientology does not comply then they get fined and lose the right to hold personal information in the UK. You are entitled to compensation. - Scientology says they have stopped processing information then later they give you reason to believe they have not. Action: Phone the information commissioner and complain. Outcome: Scientology gets fined and loses the right to hold personal information in the UK. You are entitled to compensation.