Publish Directors' Names and Addresses?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Repossession : One Thread
I've searched Companies House Records for the names and addresses of Equifax Directors. I'm fed up of their not replying to my SARN requests. They've cashed my tenner, but don't respond to mail and are way over the 40 days' SARN period. I intend selecting the nearest director geographically and hand-delivering my (polite) letter requesting his/her intervention in the matter. Most probably on the weekend so that I'm sure to catch someone in. I've employed a similar tactic before on another limited company. It unclogged them quickly, and had the silver-lining of knowing that the clot upon whose desk my file resided at the vulture-company probably got a roasting on the Monday. (In fact they also dropped my case like a hot-potato and passed it on to another company - I wonder why?)
So my question to the Forum is: Would it be legal for me to post up the name and home address of (say) an Equifax Director (a) on this site and (b) elsewhere on the internet? This would of course enable others experiencing problem to mail that same director, but without incurring the expense of a company search. Come to that, why not a database of Grabby, Halifax etc directors' names and addresses? (I wholeheartedly recommend anyone who, like me, had their last Christmas blighted by the worry-notices timed to arrive just before Christmas Eve to write to a Director at his home address. Nothing intimidating, of course).
So is publishing Directors' names and addresses here legal? Or would such action perhaps infringe said directors' Human Rights?
-- Darius de la Ronde (DARIUSici@aol.com), September 26, 2002
It is all public information, so I cannot see much wrong, but I am sure Lee would like the final say! You could write it in a way which is "friendly".
I would deffinately go to the IC, and explain your story.
-- Geoff Winters (Geoffemail@example.com), September 26, 2002.
Thanks Geoff for your reply. It might end up with the IC, but then I'd be in a 6 months queue. I'm definitely going to try the personal approach with a director first of all.
I too think it is public domain info' but am worried that potentially I might be accused of either infringing that director's right to privacy (I'm guessing European law, of which I know very little); or that posting a director's contact address might in some way impinge on the UK's stalking laws (eg be construed as so encouraging people). Lee sounds like just the man to smell the threat of a legal action; perhaps he would kindly have a sniff at my proposition.
-- Darius de la Ronde (DARIUSici@aol.com), September 26, 2002.
You should try this one, I had a big problem with a large telecommunications company so I found out where their CEO played golf and faxed pages and pages to the club.Big,big response not friendly but SORTED!!!
-- Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 26, 2002.
If you are at all worried about this, why dont you just point everyone on this site to the web site where you have seen all these names and addresses which have been placed there by someonelse else.
check out this site and you will know what i mean. They dont give a toss about anything.
-- julie (email@example.com), September 26, 2002.
Thanks for the replies, guys.
I like the golf-club idea Steve. Pure Norman Wisdom!
Julie, there isn't a single website as such that contains this public domain information (in this case it's nothing more than the Registrar of Companies publicly available records - means paying for a search of directors of Equifax PLC).
I think my nagging doubt over publishing directors' names and addresses comes from seeing the occasional deletions of a correspondent's name (say from a copy-letter) in various sections of the Repossession site, sometimes accompanied by (Lee's?) explanation "name deleted due to threat of legal action". It's an area I'm really not well-up on, so I guess I'm fishing around to see how closely to the wind I might sail. (urghh now I'm sounding like Eric Cantona).
-- Darius de la Ronde (DARIUSici@aol.com), September 27, 2002.
The idea sounds great but I would be a bit wary under the Data Protection Act. We have to have a separate bin at work if a person's individual data is recorded so that it can be shredded in case somebody 'overlooks' it.
-- Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 27, 2002.
All check this site out and it will give you some answers. http://www.blunderingsocialworkers.co.uk/
-- steve (email@example.com), September 27, 2002.
Update: A BREAKTHROUGH! Letter today from Equifax! ALREADY! Saying "Why haven't I replied to the letter they sent me 2 months ago (asking for some background details: am I a director, have I ever owned a business, been an employee of Equifax etc)". It's dated the day after they received my second (the first they treated as though it were a normal £2 credit file application) SARN apllication. Never reached me of course.
So there you have it. For anyone else who might SARN Equifax expect a questionnaire / quasi verification reply within a few days of posting the request that contains your £tenner (not usually your initial letter, perhaps not your second) If you don't receive such a reply within say a week write and ask.
I guess Equifax'll count my reply to the letter they've pulled from their hat as ID verification, and start afresh (again!) counting down the 40 days. The War with Iraq/subsequent fuel crisis/Christmas Postal strike may yet ensure they have plenty more tricks up their sleeve and see them through to the New Year without complying with my SARN.
On the plus side, it does rather demonstrate how the personal approach to directors can provide lightning-quick results!
-- Darius de la Ronde (DARIUSici@aol.com), September 30, 2002.