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For people who are living in the UK:

How do you "protect" your home address? I know its a weird question to ask, but I haven't got a separate office yet and I've just realized that the few thousand subscribers who are on my list see my home address at the bottom of every email message.

I don't want to sound like I'm doing some shady stuff, but you know... There are a lot of weird people in this world who one day can randomly turn up at your front gate

What are the options?
  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    You could use one of the many mail box rental services, such as:

    Mailbox Rental | Parcel Delivery Services - Mail Boxes Etc. UK and Ireland


    EDIT: Dang! That Alexa's QOTD!

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      EDIT: Dang! That Alexa's QOTD!
      Nah ... you did better than me: I gave the .com instead of the .co.uk, and by the time I edited it, you'd posted - so I deleted mine now.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficMystic
    you can also use royal mail and get a po box through them
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  • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
    I've just read this in a magazine article called "Is your website legal?", written by a commercial lawyer...
    Go to the 'Contact' page of many websites and you will find an email address such as info@.... and, if you are lucky, a telephone number. This is illegal!
    As a website owner, you must set out a geographical address for people to contact you at.
    So, I'm not sure that a PO Box number constitutes a "geographical address"... :confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It's not about "legal", for people (like yourself) who live in the UK, John. It's about complying with the contractual requirements of an autoresponder company to be able to use their service.

        "Cann-Spam" doesn't apply in the UK, but it applies to autoresponder companies in the US, and effectively applies voluntarily to all of them, I think, wherever they are, otherwise they'd start getting blacklisted and go out of business. But a UK-resident customer of an autoresponder company doesn't need to worry about whether a PO Box number constitutes a "geographical address".
        Hi, Alexa -- long time, no talk!

        When I mentioned needing to specify a geographical location, I was referring to UK eCommerce regulations that are derived from the European Union eCommerce Directive 2002.

        Here's the summary: Companies to update websites and email footers before 2007 ? The Register
        And here's chapter and verse: The UK's E-Commerce Regulations | OUT-LAW.COM by Pinsent Masons LLP

        Basically, we all have to give a geographical address, and a PO Box won't suffice.

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        An American lawyer writing in an American magazine, perhaps?
        Oh Alexa! Even I would have noticed that!

        But seriously, it was written by London lawyer Joanna Tall in a UK magazine called "The Market": About us | off to see my lawyer.com

        What surprised me -- and this would also really spook a lot of the UK warriors on this forum -- is the discovery that anyone who operates an auto-responder is deemed by the Data Protection Act as "processing personal data". This means that you must register with the Information Commisioner's Office as a "data processor" at a cost of £35 per year. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

        The ICO calls this registration "notifying"...
        Find Out If You Need To Notify Under The Data Protection Act - ICO
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  • Profile picture of the author deepender
    You just need to do one thing book your PO number with your near post office than you will get your space in post office through this no one can know your home address. And you can withdraw your mail from that post office by filling a simple form and through your access.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neptune.
    Thanks very much people. Just filled in my application form at the Post Office Whew. feeling better now
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  • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
    I would recommend using a mailbox, not a PO Box.

    Anyone can find out which address is registered to a PO Box in the UK, they aren't confidential.
    'If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.' Vincent Van Gogh.
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  • Profile picture of the author vok
    My friend has a virtual address in London, you pay £30 a month or so and all they do is forward you mail twice a month you can register your business or company to it too.
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