young man>we're new the area I'm just handing out leaflets, we do carpet cleaning, and we having a free prize draw for a new car (car was a cheap Nissan Micra)
me>ok, but most of my house has wooden floors and I already have a car
young man>ok, let me just take your name...
me>hang on minute, I'm not the sort of guy that hands out personal details to people I don't know.
young man>Oh don't worry about that it's all covered by the Data Protection Act
me>oh really, just how is it covered by the DPA?
young man>eerrh, ermm, you know, we'll look after your details
me>Ok, can you please explain how you do that? You understand what the DPA is, right? Perhaps I should explain where I'm coming from, I'm a bit of Information Security Expert...
young man>erm, listen it doesn't matter I don't need to take your details, I'll just leave the leaflet, good bye
I'm not saying this company isn't legit, but they really should be careful how they go about gathering personal details and training their staff, especially about the Data Protection Act, which clearly wasn't understood. I guess a lot of people would have accepted the standard response of "it's all covered by the data protection act". Personally I don't like organisation or strangers that knocks on my front door. So he sure picked the wrong door bell to ring on this occasion.