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Most excellent point, Kirsty.

Who has ever asked for confirmation of consent for third party data?  Hmm, how many fingers am I holding up?  Oh, none, that's it.

However, I don't think the "leave the space blank" option will always hold good.  My online bank, for example, has locked me out of my account because it keeps asking me a question (mother-related) which according to my records, I've never given the answer to.  Luddism seems so tempting, sometimes (sigh)...

Su

Kirsty E Gray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
On Thu, 22 Apr 2004 12:56:55 +0100, =?iso-8859-1?q?Su=20Goulding?=
wrote:

>And I didn't think they had my mother's maiden name, but I later found out
that they probably do. Mind you, the world and his cat now seems to have
that information about me, which rather devalues it as an identifier,
doncha think?

Just to be extra pernickety - it is Friday! How do all the companies that
now hold your mother's maiden name in their various IT systems as a method
of verifying your identity make their obtaining / holding / processing of
her personal data known to her? Did they all ask you to confirm that you
had her consent?

I rang my mum before filling in the (optional) part of CRB form that asked
for her maiden name (plus all my bank details and so on) because not
essential to complete that section but CRB claims speeds up the process.
Mum asked how knowing a name that I've never used and she hasn't used
herself for almost 50 years could possibly be useful to CRB. I didn't know
the answer so left that box blank and the CRB reported back to my employer
in less than a fortnight anyway!

Kirsty E Gray
Data Protection Officer
Commission for Social Care Inspection

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