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my second job as a car insurance call centre operator has recently left me outraged,


I provided my birth certificate to the agency when i began with them and again 6 months later when I was taken on as permanant staff.


every year they run credit checks (titles background checks) via experian, and


I have been forced under threat of a disciplinary to provide my birth certificate and various other pieces of information

such as contact numbers and mothers maiden name (which i did not provide) to experian,


who in there agreements state that my info will be held for two years and they can store process acess etc whenever they like

and may even hold it outside the uk,


i have been advised that they will hold it on file should i ever need another check,


im fairly certain that under the data protection act information should only be gathered, held and utilised for the purpose of which it is intended

in this case to do the background check and then be deleted surely??


I feel this is a massive invasion of my privacy and I appreciate this sounds overly dramatic but it feels like a violation..


.especially given that my data is likely to be sold on for a profit!


im thinking of launchingh a complaint even though this will clearly be to my detriment

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Hi bluestar,


Have you any credit accounts, telecoms accounts etc., on credit files prior to this demand? Have you ever checked your files at all?


This behaviour seems Draconian to me.

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Unfortunately standard practice for just about anything finance or insurance related - although the need to keep supplying certain documents sounds over the top!

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I have heard this many times. It seems that anyone working within a finance industry has to disclose any financially adverse info. Some companies will actively check to ensure what they are being told is correct.


I believe this a an anti fraud measure.

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thanks guys, I dont object to the checks, what I object to is the abuse of the data protection act and having to provide my details to a thirdparty who will then keep them for far longer than needed and do what ever they want witht her data!!

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