Ok, so now I am talking ‘utter bollocks’, cheers chaps !
In fact FWIW the ‘nasty van man’ mentioned had been parking there for months, 2-3 times a week, usually 10-11 at night, engine running and was, as stated, obstructing my drive (and three others)…. So he was causing a problem for quite a few households: One time when I asked him to move so I could get out of my drive he stated “(only) when I have finished my SMS mate” and then the (escalating) police problem I described started. In fact I wondered why he did not just put his pad down on the passenger’s seat and move down the road but there was no parking space for several houses (as the road is narrow)…anyway it looked like he was using some kind of free on-line SMS-sending app. (instead of the usual side channel of his mobile provider for this). Unfortunately I was unable to ascertain why he was doing that, just that he did not want to move immediately and thus drop his (WiFi) connection. As far as I could tell he was doing something ‘nefarious’. His Company was very apologetic when I contacted them; His activities then ceased and so I am unable to ask him just what he was doing and why.... but it did reveal the whole "BT-with-FON" problem (and not just for me) !
It is interesting how I am apparently having to justify my (overt) stance here rather than BT justifying their (covert) automatic opt-in stance !
All I can say is that my neighbours were very grateful when I (finally) worked out what was going on and stopped it.
Incidentally that ‘power’ analogy I used was how one of the BT BB neighbours described it. Possibly a coincidence but many of these users were inundated with Virgin Media offers too... or maybe we are all paranoid !
Part of the problem here of course is explaining what Big Data companies are doing (and how) by comparison with the usual (eg. retail) situation/s. [“Cookies” are a good example: If I go into Halfords I don’t expect them to let all their friends that I was there looking at batteries (or whatever) so they can mail me offers etc, unless I tell them specifically that it is OK to do so.]
Similarly it seems like a joke that Huawei is banned for possibly providing 5G hardware that is ‘a security risk’ when FakeBook and co have been doing this kind of monitoring for years (but it’s OK because it is Software-based and so Governments don’t understand it so easily…)
GDPR – and its related principles - are all there for good reason/s (albeit a bit late...) ; OPT-IN Rules (as I may have already mentioned once or twice....) !
Finally I did not write this either:
“…Personal data which have undergone pseudonymisation, which could be attributed to a natural person by the use of additional information should be considered to be information on an identifiable natural person…”