Back when the registration procedure for Glastonbury was announced, we did wonder about what privacy guarantees were in place to protect all this juicy, valuable information.
It turns out none, as Mike Eccleshall has forwarded onto us a spam email that's been making use of the list of names:
Date: Apr 30, 2007 3:21 PM
Subject: Latitude Music Festival
Dear Festival Goer,
I'm sorry you were unable to get a ticket to Glastonbury this year. I hope there will be another chance for you to come during the next four years. Of course there's always BBC TV and radio to keep you in touch with the music that will be going on around the various stages.
Can I suggest that you might like to look at the possibility of going to another festival---namely the Latitude Festival, set in a beautiful part of Suffolk. Although much smaller it has some terrific music and has a similar feel to it by way of theatre comedy circus and much more.
Tickets are available at http://www.seetickets.com/?a=latitu&filler2=g
Best wishes and thank you so much for supporting our Festival
Mike's response is worth reading, too:
I did not register for Glastonbury 2007 tickets to receive SPAM from (other) Mean Fiddler festivals.
Your email (copied below) does not contain an unsubscribe link, nor was an opt out option available at time of registration and is thus, under the terms of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, subsection 22 (C)'. illegal
(c) the recipient has been given a simple means of refusing (free of charge except for the costs of the transmission of the refusal) the use of his contact details for the purposes of such direct marketing, at the time that the details were initially collected, and, where he did not initially refuse the use of the details, at the time of each subsequent communication.
Please remove this address from all mean fiddler mailings immediately.
Please also reply at the earliest possible time with the relevant section of the Glastonbury Festival Ticket Pre-Registration Terms and Conditions which state that I have agreed to be contacted by you in relation to other commercial offers. Failure to do this will leave me no choice but to report this, massive (circa 400,000?) unsolicited mailing to the relevant Data Protection Commissioners.
Glastonbury Festival: Mean Fiddler have let you down.
Interestingly, they've broken Michael Eavis' word. It's been taken down from the official Glastonbury site now, but originally the tickets page had an assaurance from Eavis:
No information collected by registration will be offered for sale or use by any third party organisation. Unsuccessful ticket applicants will have their data destroyed and all ticket holders’ registration details and photos will be destroyed within one month of the event.
... but not before we've sent out ticket applications for Latitude.