I had my telephone directory entry by initial only, for security. Then I found out, through a junk mail advertising a money making scheme, that people could buy copies of the electoral roll for marketing purposes. I wrote to my Tory MP complaining that my privacy and security was breached by this (in a way which its availability in the library or council offices, where readers would be observed, would not), and received a letter from the relevant minister explaining, as if I were of limited intelligence, that Parliament had passed a law making this practice permissible. I complained that if I failed to complete the electoral roll form, that would be illegal, so I had no choice who might know my situation, and use the information for innappropriate purposes such as the money scam. This was ignored. While the Tories remained in power, I consistently added to my electoral roll form that I had not given my consent to the release of my name and address for commercial purposes. I don't suppose this had any effect. My name continued to appear on the roll. No-one came back to me. I have now heard that this practice has been discontinued, but the information continues to appear elsewhere, for example on a website which specialises in finding people.
i want my privacy back, too.