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Quincey

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Techy/legal question
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:01:52 PM »
Hello

I've been asked by my local council to send them my last two months' bank statements, which I have done so. However, one of the entries is a month's premium subscription to Rapidgator.net, which I used legally to download a friend's artwork. Is it likely the council will pass on this part of the bank statement to my ISP or the police? Is having signed up to Rapidgator a crime in itself?


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Re: Techy/legal question
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 05:13:11 PM »
Paypal have frozen accounts before based on RG subs, but I don't think the council would get involved in passing on information about subscribing and I don't believe it is illegal. Paypal state that it indicates a high risk of illegal file-sharing and have come under fire for making that assumption, although I guess they are a private company and can do what they like.

I assume this is perhaps for benefits or a new job, and they want to confirm income, rather than outgoings. And even if they did notice, I don't see how they could legally share the info with anyone, or how you could be prosecuted.

Others may have a different experience.

Re: Techy/legal question
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 05:21:18 PM »

Surely, being grassed up would rely on the person looking at your accounts knowing what rapidgator is?  If they do know about it, it's likely because they use something similar themselves.  I'm guessing that it's not illegal to sign up to, so why would they pass it on?  Just because you took out a supbscritpion doesn't mean you are doing anything illegal.

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Re: Techy/legal question
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2014, 05:35:24 PM »
Is it likely the council will pass on this part of the bank statement to my ISP or the police?
No.
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Is having signed up to Rapidgator a crime in itself?
No.



Purely out of nosiness, what do they council want with your bank statements? Is this to demonstrate that you qualify for some sort of assistance, or?