Joined: 15 Oct 2002
Location: NW England, UK
|Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:46 pm Post subject: Data protection act - buying Thompson Directory information?
|This question came up earlier in our office of whether it's totally legal to be able to buy data from say Thompson Directories or similar if the business concerned hasn't granted permission or even signed something to join, which we're assuming is the case with doctors, vets etc. on freebie listings?
From what I remember of it, if we were Thompson we couldn't sell the data usually unless someone had ticked the "I want to receive related information" box, like you get on many forms - correct?
However if again we were Thompson and we'd collected the data ourselves from various public sources, then could we then resell that as a collection of publically available data since we'd have copyright on the collection as a whole?
It's a long time since I read the stuff we got in college and it may have changed since that was about 9 years ago.
PS: Not saying they are doing anything wrong as I'm sure they have it worked out legally, but I'm interested to clarify what exactly is and isn't allowed these days.
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