However I have now received a return receipt which seems to reveal the true destination of emails to "Tom Eliott".
Here is the useful information...
Your document: Freedom of Information Request
was received by: <name removed>
SPECIALIST COMPUTER CENTRES PLC is a company registered in England and Wales with Company No. 01428210.
Registered office: James House, Warwick Road, BIRMINGHAM. B11 2LE VAT Registration Number is GB 313 6516 80
I don't think I'm doing anything wrong by posting this publicly available company information. Whether this is a widespread tactic within the company or the actions of an individual employee I'll leave you to decide. Needless to say I won't be dealing with this company if they ever call or write.
Apologies SCC didn't change to IT247 they are a brand (see post below) However, this wasn't who phoned was it?
Well, if it is them, judging by the info on here your company: SPECIALIST COMPUTER CENTRES PLC: company details - from workSMART.org.uk
with my inexpert eye, it could be a desperate act to try to prevent them from going under - looking at the "profit" graph inparticular
Inspired by notlob I did the same and got a read receipt from the same place. SCC won't be getting any more orders from me and I am tempted to phone this indivudal up just to confirm they received my information and that it was satisfactory and that they wont be using it for commercial purposes as per my disclaimer in my response.
Maybe Tom Elliot would like to email a retraction to any current foia requests then? if it is indeed IT247 I would never entertain buying anythign from them now.
I sent an email to my Account Manager as follows (I also enclosed the Tom Elliot email and my read receipt). I am awaiting a response as my manager is currently on holiday:
Due to a recent incident we are currently suspending all dealings with SCC and IT247.
The reason for this is that we received a Freedom Of Information (FOI) Act request from one Tom Elliot and when replying to this we subsequently received a Read Receipt indicating that it had been received at SCC. We are concerned as to why SCC are requesting information in such a manner (FOI Request) when they could have simply dropped us a customer survey.
As you may be aware we are legally obliged to answer a FOI request and have had to spend time and effort seeking guidance on this matter before replying. A number of other school’s have also reported that they too have received similar requests from Tom Elliot. Until we receive a satisfactory explanation for these events we shall no longer be placing orders with SCC or IT247.
When replying to the initial FOI request I specifically included the following in the reply:
"You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example, by publishing the information, using it for marketing purposes or issuing copies to the public will require the permission of the copyright owner."
This link Information Commissioners - Data Protection Register - Entry Details confirms they are on the Data Protection Register. Purpose 2 indicates that they may hold information about me personally (as a client). It is my understanding that as an individual I can submit a DPA request to them (but not an FOI request as that does not apply to non-public bodies).
Quote from the Information Commissioners Office website:
"Q: How do I know whether the Data Protection Act applies to my business/organisation?
The Act will usually apply unless you are an individual holding personal information for your own domestic use, eg an address book.