Subject Access Request_Ulster Bank

Editiono

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I have been querying my mortgages with UB in relation to my Loan offer in relation to Tracker mortgages and I had requested over 40 days ago all my documents and details and any information they had on me in relation to my mortgages with UB . I received a letter back to say I would have it by today. I ring them today as no sign and they tell me that they cannot give me anything as my Mortgages are being reviewed by the Tracker team. She is checking into see if the Tracker team can release them to me. Is this legal, can they hold my information on this basis?
 

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Hi, I am the very same position, I posted about it on AAM yesterday under the “Former First Active customer” thread.
Apparently, the request was passed from Edinburgh back to Dublin - who said they knew nothing about it!. The Edinburgh office told me a letter was sent to me from UB about the status of my request on dec11, I’m still waiting for it. As per data protection.ie, they have already missed the regulatory 40 day deadline to provide the information on request, see www.dataprotection.ie:

  • How do I request access to my details?
 

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The data access team for Ulster Bank ROI is based in Belfast. At least it was this time last year. My post arrived from Belfast and my phone was called on numerous occasions from a Belfast number about this. They said this was the reason for the delay of my file, because the post had to come via Belfast.
 

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They could argue clause 5 exception. See here: https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Exceptions to the right of access/78.htm

I did a data access request this time last year and there was a slight delay in accessing my file; they were about 10 days late. It was under investigation at the time but I don't think that was the issue.
They get you everyway, don't they!!
They said they would ring me Monday to see if I can access it at all which seems ridiculous - How can I put forward a best case or dispute what they have to say if they wont give me anything
 

Miakk

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The data access team may have moved, its definitely based in Edinburgh now- had to call them yesterday and it was an Edinburgh number (lived there for a few years in the late 1990s so recognise the area code).

If they just quoted that exemption it would at least suggest they know what they are doing or that there was a reason for the delay...Im afraid I wasn’t too confident about that after speaking to them yesterday!
 

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yes was Edinburgh that I called and they have said it has been 'deprioritised' on their system and they cannot send it out to me but I got no notification of this or a delay in any way. They were going to call tracker team to see and come back to me.
 

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So Yesterday I received what is called a "Tracker Closure Letter" from the SAR team in Edinburgh and got a letter that says
I am writing to inform you that we are passing your request to the Specialist Team at the address
below who can provide fuller details with regard to your Tracker Mortgage. We therefore returning
your cheque.
If you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact the team at the address or telephone
number provided below and ask for the Tracker Mortgage Team:

So I try to ring the number and its not valid - I ring the complaints team who add to my long list of complaints plus I then ring the Tracker Mortgage Examination Team who give me the same story about it will take months for them to go through to see if I am impacted or not and cannot tell me if my account has been reviewed or not. They say they will look into why I cant get my documents. I have given them today to come back to me before I report them to the DPC. I am so so frustrated!
 

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Tracker Closure letter?

I also had sent a SAR to Ulster Bank last month. My second time making such a request, but this time I specifically requested certain data items.
They got back to me approx. 2 weeks later to say my signature did not match the one on file, and that I would have to go to a branch with passport and be verified.
Then I got a letter last Friday which said:

"I am writing to inform you that we are passing your request to the Specialist Team at the address below who can provide fuller details with regard to your Tracker Mortgage. We are therefore returning your cheque.
If you wish to discuss this matter further...."
 

Chazza80

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I got my SAR on Saturday Christmas post after sending in request last July....i rang again on the 7th Dec....and low and behold it arrived!....they can be efficient when they want to be...
 

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I have talked to the SAR team in Edinburgh and was advised the process changed at start of the month and they were not allowed to give me my documents even though my request is in longer. Rang the number they gave me and it is not a valid number. Rang tge complaint team, they added my complaint to my existing complaints. Rang the TME team, they knew nothing of it and were to ring me back yesterday....surprise surprise no call back. Complaint going into DPC today
 

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ok so rang the time helpline again....as 3 days later and no call....shortened version ....they have no clue in what is going on. I feel they are deliberately trying to frustrate me. Anyone else with this letter have any better luck?
 

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End of Jan and still no documents and I really feel they are holding my information ransom - I have made several complaints and going through the Data Commissioner now. On the back of the complaints to the bank, I received today an offer of 200 Euro and a letter of acceptance to sign but still no date as to when I will receive it. The sars team tell me nothing, they promise to ring me back and never do. I tried many different avenues on this, they all say they will help and then go dead. Is this happening to anyone else? what advise can you give me on this?
 

Kellym

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Ulsterbank are a disgrace to deal with on these issues. Beggars belief the run around they are giving patient customers, and no one in government or central bank can do a thing to jolly them along despite threats of "enforcement orders" against the banks. Will be interesting if that awful Gerry Mallons departure speeds things up at the bank, the yellow pack bank is welcome to him useless CEO if ever there was one. It's hard not to get bitter when your waiting for an eternity....
 

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Editono: Been there and yes, the way they operate is like nothing I have ever encountered in my adult life. My advice is email complaints at Ulster Bank, email Gerry Mallon, etc etc. Contact the media, do not give up. Email them every week. Contact Michelle at the Journal, Pat Kenny. Sounds mad, but if you don't push they will string you along forever. I would be cautious about signing any thing from them.I thought many times that they hoped I would just give up. It was stressful and i am only now recovering. In the end, I got my docs, my tracker back, my compensation, my redress, my mortgage is down 700euros since. You have to fight and keep going. Go to Padraic Kissane. Don't call the 'helpless line' as this line is an absolute waste of your time. Write and email and keep all your attempts. They have to give you this, it is illegal to withhold. Good luck
 
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Editiono

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Editono: Been there and yes, the way they operate is like nothing I have ever encountered in my adult life. My advice is email complaints at Ulster Bank, email Gerry Mallon, etc etc. Contact the media, do not give up. Email them every week. Contact Michelle at the Journal, Pat Kenny. Sounds mad, but if you don't push they will string you along forever. I would be cautious about signing any thing from them.I thought many times that they hoped I would just give up. It was stressful and i am only now recovering. In the end, I got my docs, my tracker back, my compensation, my redress, my mortgage is down 700euros since. You have to fight and keep going. Go to Padraic Kissane. Don't call the 'helpless line' as this line is an absolute waste of your time. Write and email and keep all your attempts. They have to give you this, it is illegal to withhold. Good luck
@MrBanks Thank for your inspirational reply, I have kicked off with an email to Gerry Mallon. I cannot find an email for complaints - Do you have one? If not have their postal address from the letter they sent today. The TME complaints team have a long list of complaints from me- no good it does me anyway. Sounds like you have really been through it and very happy things have eventually worked out but I know what you mean on the toll it takes. They really try to wear you down....I am so so tired in having to deal with all of this over the years with them. Thanks again...you have given me energy to fight another day :)
 
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