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Entered a comp and now a company that never emailed me before is emailing me...

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HecateWhoopass Wed 16-Jan-13 06:29:57

Yet there's no mention of you giving them my email address in the T&C.

It seems a bit odd that I never ever get an email from hushhush and then as soon as I enter the hushhush comp - I start getting them.

Do you share our email addresses with companies when we enter competitions?

BoysAreLikeDogs Wed 16-Jan-13 07:16:44


NickNacks Wed 16-Jan-13 07:18:53

This happened to me and I got jumped on (by MNHQ and other posters) that it was rediculous to suggest they would do rich a thing hmm

NickNacks Wed 16-Jan-13 07:19:19

*such a thing

Freudian Slip!

Bossybritches22 Wed 16-Jan-13 07:25:12

Of course they share info that's how they make money.

Keep sticking it in spam it will stop.

Tee2072 Wed 16-Jan-13 07:28:46

No, they say they don't Bossy.

Which comp was it, Hec?

So, which is it, HQ?

When was that Nick? Doesn't sound like HQ at all. Usually they are quite good at tracking that sort of thing down!

CabbageLeaves Wed 16-Jan-13 07:33:07

I've entered. Will update if I get an email wink I didn't know the answer btw (and cba to google) so maybe it's a penalty for lack of knowledge. I'll let you know that well

HecateWhoopass Wed 16-Jan-13 07:40:57

the hushhush one.

I am not accusing mnhq of anything, I promise grin I am only asking.

never had an email from hushhush
enter mn comp to win £100 of hushhush store credit
start getting emails from hushhush

I put the two together grin and so I decided to read the T&C to see if email is shared and it doesn't say it is, so I asked.

Tee2072 Wed 16-Jan-13 07:44:26

I just entered it as well, I'll keep you posted.

Just to didn't actually join HushHush, right? grin

Chopstheduck Wed 16-Jan-13 07:47:27

Just unsubscribe from it.

I enter comps a LOT, and get around 1000 emails a day because of it, I just delete them!

HecateWhoopass Wed 16-Jan-13 08:00:57

grin no. I didn't join them.

I did wonder if I could have done that! I am just about dozy enough to have done! grin So I tried to log in and asked for a password reminder and got the message that the email address was not on the system. So no.

Thanks chops - I didn't know I could do that. Went back into the email and searched and right at the bottom in tiny writing grin is a clickable link to unsubscribe.

I never subscribed in the first place! confused

PatriciaHolm Wed 16-Jan-13 09:54:17

The t&cs explicitly say your details will only be used for the competition and then deleted, so this is very dodgy indeed, and definitely against the email marketing legislation, which says companies can only send email to people who opt in to receive them, unless there is a clear business relationship- which there clearly isn't.

Clearly, hush hush want the emails otherwise why do the comp, but they absolutely cannot send marketing mail you didn't opt in for.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-Jan-13 10:35:10

Morning all.

Right, first off, we NEVER pass on your contact details to third parties without your prior permission. We are very very very careful about this, as we don't want to breach our own privacy policy (let alone the Data Protection laws).

The way our competitions work is like this: when you enter your details in the little boxes, you agree (as it says in the Ts & Cs) for your details to be passed on to the prize provider IF (and only if) you win. Your details go into a double-blind 'bucket' (ie no one can see them, including us). When the closing date for the comp has passed, the 'bucket' tosses out a winner (or winners) and your details are passed on to the prize provider. Everyone else's details are vaporised.

So, we are quite sure your mails from hushhush, Hecate, are coincidence, not conspiracy. The hushhush comp hasn't even closed yet, so no one can see anybody's details anyway.

HecateWhoopass Wed 16-Jan-13 10:53:37

Thanks, Helen.

At least it's not as bad as the time my pc suddenly started offering to find me lovely ladies from Russia.

I probably blamed you for that too grin

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-Jan-13 11:18:13


Thanks, Helen.

At least it's not as bad as the time my pc suddenly started offering to find me lovely ladies from Russia.

I probably blamed you for that too grin

Oh, that probably was us. grin

Tee2072 Wed 16-Jan-13 11:53:06

That was the secret Mumsnet Hec. Were you not invited?

::taps nose::

HecateWhoopass Wed 16-Jan-13 12:55:56

I KNEW it, Helen. Everyone said I was paranoid, but I knew it.

I was not, Tee.


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