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PGS ASA: Q1 2021 Update Disinformation

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PGS ASA 22 April 2021 Audiocast Q1 2021 Results – What to Expect

PGS ASA Continually Lies to its Stakeholders

PGS ASA Board of Directors and Executive Management are Criminally Negligent. PGS ASA Board of Directors and Executive Management are so Corrupt that they do not even attempt to Counter such Allegations through the use of Contracts Containing Confidentiality Terms and Conditions.

Cowardly PGS ASA Board of Directors and Executive Management will allow the reputations and value of companies associated with the agents of the criminal conspiracy to be damaged rather than address allegations of their corruption.

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Regarding Accused Criminal DTN General Counsel Ben Kelly

Open Letter to London DTN Executive Team Requesting that General Counsel Ben Kelly Employment be Terminated

Negligent hiring claims are made when an injured party believes an employer should have known about an employee’s criminal or dangerous background. An employer can be held liable if its employees inflict harm on a third party when the employer should have discovered that risk through a reasonable background check.

What Are Negligent Hiring Claims?

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date:Apr 3, 2021, 12:58 AM
subject:Open Letter to London DTN Executive Team Requesting that General Counsel Ben Kelly Employment be Terminated

4A Time limit for actions for defamation or malicious falsehood.
The time limit under section 2 of this Act shall not apply to an action for—
(a)libel or slander, or
(b)slander of title, slander of goods or other malicious falsehood, but no such action shall be brought after the expiration of one year from the date on which the cause of action accrued

Limitation Act 1980

Contact DTN

From:

Steven D. Kalavity (SDK), former PGS ASA employee and PGS ASA, Watson Farley & Williams, Landau Zeffert & Weir / Landau Law Whistleblower and Confidence Fraud Victim.

Attention DTN Executive Management:

  • John McPherson, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Ben Kelly, General Counsel
  • Marc Chesover, President
  • Tom Dilworth, Chief Financial Officer
  • Lars Ewe, Chief Technology Officer
  • Sarah Stansberry, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Doug Bennett, Chief Product Officer
  • Josh Langford, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Mark Holland, Senior Vice President

As a Marine Contract Sales Supervisor – Africa, I used to work with Carl Richards, [PGS Exploration (UK) Limited] Head of Legal and Company Secretary and his legal staff, at the time, Ben Kelly.  Richards and/or Kelly would review and recommend amendments to contract terms and conditions for marine seismic/EM data acquisition and processing projects.   I was informed that Richards and Kelly had read my written grievance and also recommended that I sign a settlement contract agreement rather than proceed through the grievance process which had illuminated untoward executive behaviors and decisions.  Therefore, Richards and Kelly sanctioned, as well as participated in, all of the processes that resulted in creating these false and inaccurate personal data records affecting my termination under false pretenses. 

Carl Richards, Arbitrary and Capricious Company Secretary, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited ( 24 February 2018)

DTN General Counsel, Ben Kelly, is an international criminal. Kelly has never denied these accusations, even though he is legally and contractually obligated to do so. Failure to disclose is a form of fraud that perverts the course of justice. Kelly is involved in both of these crimes, as well as others, but has never been arrested, charged and tried for his crimes. Unfortunately, this speaks more to the dysfunction of the police who perform astonishingly poorly in matters of white collar crime, especially in the United Kingdom. Another reason is that companies such as DTN are negligent in their hiring process and do not practice a thorough due diligence process. DTN should be held accountable for this. Kelly is contractually bound to Confidentiality terms and conditions that prohibit the publication of content by SDK that publicly disparages him. (This public disparagement impacts DTN stakeholders.) The exception to such publications is if they are protected as whistleblowing, as defined by the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA). Kelly not invoking the contractual Confidentiality terms and conditions perverts the course of justice and causes substantial harm to the whistleblower and victim of Kelly’s criminal conspiracy where DTN is complicit if it fails to take corrective action.

The global criminal conspiracy that Kelly has played a principal role in has been vile and evil. Kelly’s crimes have been especially abusive to SDKs dependent family members. SDK is a US citizen who was employed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, England, KT13 0NY. In 2013, Norwegian parent company Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) had four divisions. SDK was a Sales Supervisor with the Marine Contract Division, Africa Region. SDK interacted with Kelly often enough from when he was a temporary employee borrowed from Watson Farley & Williams through when he was hired full-time by PGS as Legal Counsel. Kelly provided legal and contractual oversight and advice for PGS business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME). My interactions with Kelly while working in Weybridge were always positive and professional. However, SDK did have issues with his immediate supervisor, Edward von Abendorff. Since SDK was bound by an employment contract requiring PGS sponsorship of a Tier 2 work visa, SDK could not easily extricate himself from the toxic foreign workplace.

SDK did start to search for an escape from Marine Contract Sales – Africa. This apparently infuriated Marine Contract Africa Region President, Simon Cather. Cather and von Abendorff teamed-up with PGS EAME Human Resources Manager, David Nicholson to make SDKs work in Weybridge a living hell. On 13 June 2013, Nicholson invited SDK to an ambush meeting which Cather and von Abendorff also attended. SDK has came to learn some time ago that ambush meetings are a common tactic used by workplace bullies. Following this meeting, SDK emailed Nicholson requesting how the meeting conformed to PGS policy, minutes from the meeting, and how to submit a grievance. Nicholson denied SDK all of these requests. However, on 24 July 2016, Nicholson signed and delivered a letter to SDK on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. SDK has referred to this as the ambush letter. The ambush letter became the predicate for SDKs grievance that was delivered to PGS and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited management / agents on 20 September 2013 because the 13 June 2013 meeting minutes were never provided. The illegal mishandling of the 20 September 2013 grievance by PGS has been the impetus to all SDK PGS focused online publications, including this one. PGS has never responded directly to any of SDK online publications. PGS has never invoked a breach in the Confidentiality terms and conditions governed by the laws of England that are contained within the SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited employment contract. Silence is consent if such a breach is not invoked within one-year of publication (The UK Limitation Act 1980 allows one year from publication date to file defamation and malicious falsehood claims).

In September 2018, the criminal mob pursued blackmail / extortion to get SDK to de-publish legally protected (whistleblowing) content from his website, nopgs.com in Thailand. PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is registered with Companies House, which means it operates by the laws of England (and Wales). The last thing that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited wanted to do is make a claim under the English system because the criminal conspiracy and fraud would be obvious. However, through bribing Thai legal firm Duensing – Kippen to deliver false criminal defamation claims while former employee, crime victim and whistleblower was living in Thailand, PGS sought to erase the truth so that they could continue deceiving customers, investors and competitors. About a year ago, Duensing – Kippen continue to threaten SDK after he returned to the USA through delivering claims to the home of SDK Thai relatives to terrorize them. How can PGS have a criminal defamation claim in Thailand under Thai law, but not a breach in the Confidentiality terms and conditions of a contract governed by the laws of England? They can’t. These two realities cannot legally co-exist. And Ben Kelly knows this too, as he allowed SDKs family to be terrorized. Ben Kelly is a cowardly criminal.

DTN must terminate Kelly from his role of General Counsel and investigate. If Kelly has not invoked contractual Confidentiality terms and conditions governed by English law to protect his and the organizations he has agency reputations, Kelly is being allowed to damage DTN reputation and value. It must be assumed that Kelly is perverting the course of justice, which is a crime in of itself. How can DTN justify employing a criminal in executive management to DTN stakeholders? Kelly defamed and defrauded a foreign worker whistleblower. Kelly allowed non-compliant defamatory forged documents to be illegally used to terminate employment and then blacklist SDK from employment in the industry – or any industry that is polluted by the false narrative. Kelly allowed health reports substantiating the health-harming impact of PGS’ toxic workplace to be ignored and destroyed. Kelly contributed to the violent assaults that placed the life and health of the victim of abuse in danger, along with his family. Upon returning to Houston, Texas, unemployed by fraud perpetrated by Kelly, et al., my family suffered. Kelly’s continued silence is abusive and illegal. And Ben Kelly knows it. DTN should also know it. But, this is the warning flag. DTN needs to do the responsible thing for all stakeholders. Protecting and employing a child abusing criminal piece of shit like Ben Kelly is a breach of DTN values.

Regards, SDK

… Gareth Jones, HR Officer; Ben Kelly, Associate Counsel.  Nevertheless, the numbing silence and hiding of corruption continues to proceed unanswered to the collective detriment of PGS and the majority of its honest stakeholders.  The bad publicity compromises PGS company reputation and market value. In addition, the corporate silence compromises my professional reputation by design.

Boycott Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Capital Markets (25 July 2016)
This Tweet was sent to @PGSNews and others in 2017. PGS ASA et al. never invoked a breach in the contractual Confidentiality terms and conditions. Lawyer and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited Secretary lied and complained to Twitter to get SDK Twitter accounts restricted. Why would innocent people do this? PGS behaves irresponsibly and silences whistleblowers so they can rob and deceive stakeholders. When will the police wake-up?

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Norway’s PGS ASA Bull Shit Governance (BSG) Report 2020

People who invest in PGS ASA or give them their business are stupid and support evil corruption that hurts honest and hard working global citizens and the energy industry.

PGS ASA engaged Thai law firm Duensing – Kippen to blackmail whistleblower SDK who was living in Thailand to de-publish legally protected public disclosure. PGS ASA has misrepresented legal and contractually protected public disclosure (Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998) as CRIMINAL DEFAMATION under Thai law. PGS ASA sponsored vexatious litigation led to the theft of site nopgs.com where whistleblower SDK legally protected content was published from August 2016 – December 2019. PGS ASA and SDK are bound by contracts governed by the laws of ENGLAND. The claim of criminal defamation is absurd. The contracts contain Confidentiality terms and conditions that provide legal avenues of redress for publications that disparage PGS ASA and its stakeholders. Disparagement is a much lower legal threshold than defamation. PGS ASA has never behaved responsibly and investigated whistleblowing claims. Instead of invoking contractual Confidentiality terms and conditions, PGS ASA deletes legally protected disclosure and then lies to content providers (LinkedIn and Twitter) to get whistleblower SDK restricted and his content removed. PGS ASA does not want to respond to whistleblowing claims, but rather wants to continue to be able to deceive and rob PGS ASA stakeholders and the oil and gas industry.

Therefore, any settlement contract that is intended to end an employment relationship on fair, equitable and reasonable terms, yet allows the employer and its agents open to such public ridicule and criticism would not seem to accomplish its intended objectives. 

Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017) – Republish

PGS ASA should be boycotted and the board and executive management team should be removed and fully investigated. PGS ASA clearly cannot perform optimally until the accusations of board and executive corruption are resolved by a third party police investigation. PGS ASA board and management are behaving very irresponsibly. If PGS ASA board and management are not perverting the course of justice and trying to escape accountability for criminal behavior, then PGS ASA board and management should be removed for utter incompetence. If PGS ASA board and management are not guilty of crimes, then they are imbeciles who cannot manage simple contracts with Confidentiality terms and conditions intended to prevent publications like this one. If lawyer Rune Olav Pedersen is not a criminal, then he is an incompetent buffoon!

Settlement Agreements: The Key Issues for UK Employers

The emotional maturity of a typical narcissistic person is akin to a 5-year-old child who pouts and refuses to play with a friend in the sandbox because the friend wants to share the pail and shovel. The 5-year-old refuses to talk with the friend and angrily storms off to play on the jungle gym with someone else. The bewildered child with the pail and shovel may feel confused, rejected, and may not understand why they can’t share. He or she just wanted to build a sand castle together.

Silent Treatment: Preferred Weapon of People with Narcissism

PGS ASA harassed and abused me and my family in violation of UK Health and Safety Act 1974. PGS ASA discriminated against a foreign worker in violation of the Equality Act 2010. PGS ASA had a DUTY OF CARE responsibility. Instead of following policy and ending the health-harming behavior of a foreign worker, PGS ASA obstructed the worker from filing a complaint and then when a complaint was filed, PGS ASA did not follow their legal and contractual obligations. Instead, they bribed lawyers to form a fraudulent settlement agreement to terminate a whistleblower under false pretenses. PGS ASA created forged and defamatory documents to support their illegal termination of a whistleblower. PGS ASA breached the employment contract violating multiple clauses from Data Protection Act 1998 protections to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protecting whistleblowers. PGS ASA also defrauded the immigration agencies of the UK, USA and Thailand. PGS ASA denied a foreign worker legal due process afforded to UK citizens through bribery and fraud. The victim of crimes was sent back to the USA through the use of forged documents and a fraudulent contract. Once in the USA, PGS ASA illegally shared defamatory information to blacklist their victim of harassment and discrimination.

Narcissists and the Silent Treatment
TUC Bullying at Work

PGS ASA CEO Rune Olav Pedersen has never denied accusations and therefore confesses that he is a cowardly lying criminal piece of shit. Rune Olav Pedersen is protected by contractual Confidentiality terms and conditions prohibiting former PGS ASA employees from publishing content that disparages PGS ASA stakeholders. Former PGS ASA General Counsel Rune Olav Pedersen takes NO legal action to protect PGS ASA stakeholders reputation and value? It is Rune Olav Pedersen’s most important responsibility as CEO that he is failing at! Lawyer Rune Olav Pedersen knows that PGS ASA breached the original employment contract. Lawyer Rune Olav Pedersen also knows that the documents supporting the illegally proffered termination contract are defamatory forgeries.

Lawyer Rune Olav Pedersen has been allowed through a corrupt corporate governance system and incompetent police processes that allows fraud claims to soar with no redress for victims to remain fraudulently silent and continue to rob shareholders unabated. Cowardly criminal peice of shit Rune Olav Pedersen is allowed to continue his fraud and deceit of PGS ASA stakeholders and publish rubbish “responsibility reports.” It is a travesty.

When a group of adults are allowed to conspire, coordinate, and engage in workplace mobbing, involving fraud, with the explicit intent of harming and robbing targets of their professional livelihood and reputation, it should resonate with all stakeholders.  Such violent plunder and theft is intended to harm and destroy the targets of abuse while protecting the “rapists.”

Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017) – Republish

PGS ASA was very cognizant that I was a foreign worker and they exploited the condition. The claim of discrimination was grounded in my Tier 2 foreign worker status. PGS ASAs objective was to force me to leave the UK so that the discrimination and harassment claims would not make it to tribunal. PGS ASA also knew that this pressure was exacerbated because I was in the UK with my dependent family members. What I could not foresee was that I was working amid criminals and not civil professionals. My witness in the grievance process, John Barnard, and my legal advisors, Philip Landau and Holly Hobson (Rushton) would accept bribes, betray me, and become co-conspirators in the fraud. Legal firm Watson Farley & Williams’, Rhodri Thomas also accepted bribes to process an illegal termination. I could not foresee PGS ASA lawyers Rune Olav Pedersen, Candida Pinto, Ben Kelly and Carl Richards actually breaking the law to illegally defraud a colleague of money and reputation. Such behavior was beyond my wildest imagination.

If this is not a truthful public disclosure, all mentioned should invoke the contractual Confidentiality terms and conditions. They do not because it is mostly true, excepting specific details. PGS ASA Retaliates against foreign worker whistleblowers. The Norwegian government protects criminals and harassers who embezzle shareholder money to protect their criminal activity. Rune Olav Pedersen should be in prison. People who do business with PGS ASA protect human rights abusers and criminals who distort the free and fair market.

Rune Olav Pedersen (PGS #Pedersen) is responsible for this contract and all of the online postings which it has inspired.  PGS #Pedersen was the principal agent who oversaw the resolution of a grievance addressing workplace bullying/mobbing, harassment, defamation, as well as a litany of other indiscretions, mostly regarding the abuse of position.

Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017) – Republish

I am an enemy of the corrupt board and management because I wanted them to follow the rules, policies and the law (of Norway and England).  I am an enemy of the corrupt board and management because they have misused company resources, diminished the profession, and deceived customers.  They have sanctioned all this to harm me and my family.  No agent from PGS/PGSUK has publicly challenged my truthful narrative. 

Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017) – Republish

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Open Letter to US Vice President Kamala Harris and Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Equinor – Investigate your Chairman of the Board Nominee (3 June 2019)

RE: 9 March 2021 US Vice President Kamala Harris call with Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Dear White House,

I am a US citizen who is married to a Thai citizen.  We have two daughters and a son who currently hold US-Thai citizenship.

I was employed by a Norwegian company for several years.  My final assignment was with the subsidiary in England.  In England, I became a whistleblower.  My life turned upside-down at that point.  The hardship has very much impacted the health and wellbeing of my two daughters especially, but of course the retaliation has impacted everything connected to me.

I have written the Prime Minister and also published the “Open Letter” online.  I have also written to the previous White House Administration.  I have submitted complaints to the FBI, as well as the UK and Norway police.  A principal perpetrator of the fraud, extortion, defamation, discrimination, and harassment of a US citizen and his US-Thai family is the Chairman of the Board of Norway’s largest company majority owned by the government, Equinor.  

Norway is not a very populated country and it seems that the political and corporate leaders move in the same circles.  Norway has the reputation of being low-corruption.  But, my experience doesn’t confirm this published belief.

As a US citizen, I was denied due process that I was legally and contractually entitled to.  Equinor Chairman of the Board, Jon Erik Reinhardsen oversaw the bribing of my legal counsel to form a settlement contract supported by defamatory forged documents.  

I will publish this letter online, as I have published several other articles.  The settlement contract has Confidentiality terms and conditions which prohibit the publication of content that disparages the company or any of its agents.  I have been publishing accusations of fraud and embezzlement since 2015!  However, no breach is cited because the contract is fraudulent and supported by forged documents.

(to be continued)

RE: 9 March 2021 US Vice President Kamala Harris call with Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg

continued – part 2

I am not a lawyer.  I am a exploration geophysicist who help oil companies locate oil and gas reserves.  I was working in the business unit focused on Africa projects.  I had on previous assignments worked inside Angola and Nigeria.

I was sponsored by a Tier 2 visa and my wife and daughters (son was not born yet) lived with me in England on dependent visas.  The company did many illegal things to avoid dealing with a grievance claiming workplace harassment and discrimination.  Harassment is horrible anywhere, but this behavior was happening to me in a foreign country.

The main issue is that I was denied due process and false data was used to process the termination that did not coincide with the data used to get my work visa.  So, basically, the company lied to the immigration services of the UK, US and Thailand.  

I have published over 100 complaints.  I have been threatened and even blackmailed with vexatious litigation.  It was corrupt lawyers who agreed to process forged documents to support an illegal contract used to end my employment and blacklist me in the US.  The company shared my data globally, which I have reported to be US mail and wire fraud to the US.  Of course, every penny spent on their harassment of me is embezzlement and theft from shareholders.

I am sad to say that I believe Prime Minister Solberg is party to the obstruction of justice and protection of criminal Jon Erik Reinhardsen.     If the settlement contract is a legal instrument, they could sue me.  As I said, this letter will be published online at marineseismicsurvey.com.

I have been obstructed from the legal process and a fraudulent silence.  It is like being a victim of gang rape, as an article that I published claimed.  I have evidence of several powerful people doing illegal things.  But, I am silenced!  The powerful are not playing by their own rules.

(continued)RE: 9 March 2021 US Vice President Kamala Harris call with Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg

continued – part 3

The victim – accuser always has to play by the rules.  If they do not, the powerful will exploit any impropriety to its full extent.  The victim – accuser is always under-resourced because the powerful can misdirect resources to make their case.

All I have ever requested is a fair legal process.  But, most of my articles and whistleblowing is simply ignored.  The damage to me and my family is severe, especially for my daughters.  

Professor Freyd out of University of Oregon coined the acronym D.A.R.V.O. which describes the process corrupt actors use to damage accusers.  D = Deny, A = Attack, R = Reverse, V = Victim,  O = Offender.  This strategy is used against female victims of assault by powerful men (usually) in their institutions.  It is also used against whistleblowers.

The families of victims of harassment and discrimination suffer greatly.  If we are serious about helping boys and girls, we need to investigate and remove harassers who violate their obligations in the workplace.  

I believe that investigating Equinor – who lost millions of US dollars in US operations – will reveal many corrupt practices that harm US and Norwegian citizens.  Powerful men (especially) and women must be thoroughly investigated for harassment and discrimination claims.

Please ask the FBI to investigate the Equinor and Telenor board of directors, as well as the directors of PGS ASA.

My family and future demand justice.

Best regards,
Steven Kalavity

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA and the UN Global CON – pact (15-Jul-2018)
Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017) – Republish

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Second Open Letter to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Unlike in unfair dismissal, there is no ceiling on the amount of compensation a tribunal can award for race discrimination. Compensation normally includes an award for injury to feelings and an award to take into account any loss suffered, for example loss of wages or pension. The awards for injury to feelings can vary, however many thousands of pounds is not uncommon. – Race discrimination – Landau Law

Race discrimination – Landau Law

Employers and their legal advisers should not be complicit in using NDAs to cover up allegations of unlawful acts.

UK told to end abuse of ‘gag orders’ in harassment and discrimination cases
UK told to end abuse of ‘gag orders’ in harassment and discrimination cases

This is a second follow-up letter to the 23 February 2021 complaint regarding the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Inability to Protect Data Subject Rights

How can ICO protect data subject rights without robust processes that validate with evidence data controller compliance to GDPR principles?  

ICO Case Reference: IC-44927-G3W4

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ArpitaDutt@bdbf.co.uk,
barry.doherty@emlaw.co.uk,
berit.osnes@pgs.com,
ClareTaylor@bdbf.co.uk,
gareth.jones@pgs.com,
gottfred.langseth@pgs.com,
helen.monson@emlaw.co.uk,
imogen.finnegan@emlaw.co.uk,
ir@pgs.com,
joanna.mckenzie@emlaw.co.uk,
kristin.omreng@pgs.com,
lars.mysen@pgs.com,
nathan.oliver@pgs.com,
NAulak@wfw.com,
nickwilcox@bdbf.co.uk,
olaf@duensingkippen.com,
paulachan@bdbf.co.uk,
per.arild.reksnes@pgs.com,
PollyRodway@bdbf.co.uk,
rob.adams@pgs.com,
rune.olav.pedersen@pgs.com,
sarah.murphy@pgs.com,
sharon.playford@emlaw.co.uk,
terje.blojseth@pgs.com,
ActionFraud <contact@actionfraud.police.uk>,
Alan Zeffertt <alan.zeffertt@anthonygold.co.uk>,
Andrew Weir <andrew.weir@anthonygold.co.uk>,
Carl Richards <carlrichards1@googlemail.com>,
GDPR <gdpr@pgs.com>,
Holly Rushton <HollyHobson@bdbf.co.uk>,
ICO Case-Work <icocasework@ico.org.uk>,
Investor Relations – 01 Telenor <oystein.myrvold@telenor.com>,
Investor Relations – 02 Telenor <kristine.devold@telenor.com>,
Investor Relations Equinor <irpost@equinor.com>,
John Francas <john.francas@pgs.com>,
Landau Law <pl@landaulaw.co.uk>,
Law Society UK Complaints <complaints@lawsoc-ni.org>,
Minister of Transport Norway <postmottak@sd.dep.no>,
Norway – Police <kripos@politiet.no>,
PHSO-01 ICO <MP@ombudsman.org.uk>,
PHSO-02 ICO <publicaffairs@ombudsman.org.uk>,
Rhodri Thomas <info@emlaw.co.uk>,
Tippaya Moonmanee <tippaya@duensingkippen.com>,
USA Consulate – Norway <OsloACS@state.gov>
date:Mar 14, 2021, 9:13 PM
subject:PHSO – Complaint ICO IC-44927-G3W4 Follow-Up

Data Controller:  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY

An American, the UK Data Protection Act, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and the Tyranny of “Accurate Data” (3-Jul-2015)

Data Subject:  Steven D. Kalavity (SDK)

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s data protection watchdog charged with enforcing a host of laws that regulate communications, networking and data protection, although the organisation is most renowned for its role in enforcing the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

ICOs mission is to “uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals”.  The GDPR seven key principles:

  • Lawfulness, fairness and transparency.
  • Purpose limitation.
  • Data minimisation.
  • Accuracy.
  • Storage limitation.
  • Integrity and confidentiality (security)
  • Accountability

Compliance to GDPR Principles is the sole responsibility of the data controller.  When the data controller – data subject relationship is that of employer – employee, data subject complaints of non-compliance to ICO should be considered as protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing.  Under the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA), workers (data subjects in an employer – employee relationship) are to be protected when the public disclosure consists of information where the worker reasonably believes that there has been a criminal offence, breach of a legal obligation, a miscarriage of justice, a danger to the health and safety of any individual, damage to the environment, or the deliberate attempt to conceal any such acts.  

Within the Royal United Services Institute paper, The Silent Threat:  The Impact of Fraud on UK National Security, the concept of a “whole of system” approach in combating the UKs fraud epidemic is discussed:

The wider social and economic impacts of fraud make a clear case for reframing the UK’s fraud problem as a national security priority, for adopting a more centrally led, ‘whole of system’ response and for considerably augmenting the resources within the policing and intelligence community specifically assigned to tackling fraud. Furthermore, to ensure a better understanding of both the fraud threat and the way in which fraud acts as an enabler and vector of other threats, the rebuilding and reframing of the fraud response should not be carried out in isolation, but should build in organisational and informational links to the SOC [Serious and Organised Crime] – and terrorism-specific responses.

Data is multi-dimensional and “lawful and fair use” must be determined on the basis of what domain the data is being used.  Subject data is often shared and processed by multiple organizations.  Data is evidence of compliance or non-compliance to GDPR Principles, fraud or other criminal activity.  Thus, “a whole system” response to curing the global (and UK in particular) fraud epidemic naturally assumes multiple organizations having the ability to identify and then communicate data anomalies, misuse or criminality with other pertinent government and/or private data controllers/organizations.  

ICO needs to be a pivotal player and at the center in this effort.  However, ICOs ineffective one-dimensional approach to data protection does not even protect individual data subject rights, much less detect data misuse or criminal activity amongst government and /or private data controllers with a wide breadth of consequences.  This dysfunction of not being equipped to “connect the dots” exacerbates the fraud crisis because criminals do know how to operate multi-dimensionally.  At the very least, corrupt actors are aware of the fraud epidemic to the extent that any fraud that they perpetrate has little chance of being detected and / or punished.  

In October 2014, data subject SDK submitted a subject access request (SAR) to data controller PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, England, KT13 0NY, Companies House Number 02904391.  SDK is a USA citizen who was sponsored for employment in England by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  SDK discovered that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was processing inaccurate non-compliant data (employment records).  ICO did not help data subject SDK rectify the data issues.  In August 2015, SDK submitted his first complaint report to UK ActionFraud (police).  ActionFraud also took no action.  There can be no confirmation of compliance nor justice without ICO or the police demanding that data controllers answer data subject / victim claims thoroughly (with evidence).    

Data subject SDKs experience is that ICO is not fulfilling this mission adequately.  ICO does not compel data controllers to provide evidence to support claims of compliance within data subject access request (SAR) responses.  Even when the data subject provides substantive evidence that the data controllers are in violation of Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and/or GDPR principles, ICO takes no action to remedy subject rights abuses.  Data controller PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has been anything but transparent.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has never been required to demonstrate their compliance to Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) or GDPR Principles in a legally verifiable manner.   

Data subject passport information is processed by data controllers as a legal requirement for employing a foreign worker and its lawful use requires the consent of the passport holder.  If the data subject SDK claims is  true that his personal data being processed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is fake, this means that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited sponsored visa(s) were cancelled under false pretenses or fraudulently.  Data controller multi-dimensional fair use of subject data must also comport to how foreign subject data is transferred and processed once the data controller – data subject relationship ends within the UK (ICO domain).  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is misrepresenting multiple national immigration agencies.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has been allowed to deliver ridiculous and fraudulent responses to the subject access request (SAR) queries submitted by data subject SDK.  It’s a disgrace.  Further, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited simply does not have the legal right or authority to misuse personal subject data which they do not own nor control.  Specifically, the misuse of foreign worker and dependents passport data is unlawful in many countries, not just in the UK.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has used forged / fraudulent subject data to justify the cancellation of visas and remove the victim of crimes as an avenue to legal due process through illegally expelling their victim from the UK and its legal court system..

The GDPR First Principle requires that the data controller process all personal data lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. If no lawful basis applies to a data controller processing, subject data processing will be unlawful and in breach of the first principle. Data subjects also have the right to erase personal data which has been processed unlawfully.  Legal data is information related to the law such as court data and attorney data, etc. Organisations from a range of industries benefit from using legal data, such as  business development, legal analytics, case research, and due diligence procedures.

No explanation or clarification is demanded of data controllers by ICO who have very little real knowledge of the subject data accuracy or fairness.  ICO should rely on a data driven standard and fact-based methods to ensure compliance to DPA / GDPR Principles.   Only within the ICO caseworker “legal universe” are documents with no data subject countersignature regarded as “accurate” and “lawful.”  No explanation is required by the data controller, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  Such personal data does not meet any legal standard for a court of law.  Thus, by definition it violates GDPR Principles!  

Data subject time-stamped email evidence to relevant parties that prove data controller PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is processing unlawful and inaccurate data is ignored by ICO?  How does this protect data subject rights?  It is also ignored by ActionFraud.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited refused to remove illegal and inaccurate subject data.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was once again allowed by ICO to “rectify” subject data through the inclusion of a complaint email pointing out multiple violations of DPA/GDPR Principles!  The process of rectification should involve the courts and not the unilateral decisions of caseworkers who are not legally qualified or fully informed.  

ICO website: What is the right to rectification?

Under Article 16 of the UK GDPR individuals have the right to have inaccurate personal data rectified. An individual may also be able to have incomplete personal data completed – although this will depend on the purposes for the processing. This may involve providing a supplementary statement to the incomplete data.

This right has close links to the accuracy principle of the UK GDPR (Article 5(1)(d)). However, although you may have already taken steps to ensure that the personal data was accurate when you obtained it, this right imposes a specific obligation to reconsider the accuracy upon request.

What do we need to do?

If you receive a request for rectification you should take reasonable steps to satisfy yourself that the data is accurate and to rectify the data if necessary. You should take into account the arguments and evidence provided by the data subject.

What steps are reasonable will depend, in particular, on the nature of the personal data and what it will be used for. The more important it is that the personal data is accurate, the greater the effort you should put into checking its accuracy and, if necessary, taking steps to rectify it. For example, you should make a greater effort to rectify inaccurate personal data if it is used to make significant decisions that will affect an individual or others, rather than trivial ones.

You may also take into account any steps you have already taken to verify the accuracy of the data prior to the challenge by the data subject.

When is data inaccurate?

The UK GDPR does not give a definition of the term accuracy. However, the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) states that personal data is inaccurate if it is incorrect or misleading as to any matter of fact.

What should we do about data that records a mistake?

Determining whether personal data is inaccurate can be more complex if the data refers to a mistake that has subsequently been resolved. It may be possible to argue that the record of the mistake is, in itself, accurate and should be kept. In such circumstances the fact that a mistake was made and the correct information should also be included in the individuals data.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited escaped third-party legal scrutiny through the ICO decision. ICO did not even ask why inaccurate and unlawful subject data was being processed in the first place?  Data subject SDK believes that ICO allowance of one-sided rectification by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited went outside ICOs legal authority.  ICO permitted PGS Exploration (UK) Limited to avoid the legal system which would have revealed data controller(s) fraud and other crimes.  ICO co-opted a fair path of resolution through allowing  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited ridiculous “rectification” solution which marginalizes the data subject.

ICO should not allow themselves to be intimidated by data controller threats in their defense of subject rights.  ICO should employ thorough interrogatories to be completed by data controller’s that fully address data subject rights.  Data controller’s should not be allowed to threaten data subjects who are lawfully entitled to demand DPA / GDPR compliance and otherwise receive respectful, detailed and legally grounded answers to data subject questions.

ICO has paid little deference to the fact that the data subject was a foreigner and what that meant within the scope of lawful processing of subject data.  There are many requirements that foreigners must meet in order to be legally employed and/or reside within the UK.  Passports belong to the nation that issues them to the data subject.  It is illegal for companies to  employ foreigners who do not meet stringent requirements.  Data controllers must be held accountable for processing subject data such that it meets all of these legal requirements.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited provided a nonsensical list of only Human Resources (HR) agents who had processed SDK personal data.  None of the listed HR personnel noted legal issues with processing inaccurate records with no data subject signature?  Apparently, no first line supervisor, lawyer, or anyone involved in forming the termination settlement contract that ended SDKs employment had ever reviewed SDK personnel file contents either.  One of the individuals listed was Gareth Jones.  Gareth Jones is currently the Human Resources Manager for PGS UK.  

In 2014, when SDK submitted his first subject access request (SAR) to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Jones resided in Houston, Texas and according to his LinkedIn profile, worked for PGS’ USA subsidiary..  SDK had never worked with nor saw Jones while employed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited from 2010-2013.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited stated that HR supervisor Jones processed SDK personal data.  According to the UK Data Protection Act 1998 Eighth Principle (applied in 2014) Subject data must be,

Not transferred to other countries outside the European Enterprise Area (EEA) without adequate protection.

SDK believed that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited violated DPA.  However, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited stated that Jones was an agent/employee of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and therefore DPA was not violated(!).

ICO demanded no evidence from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited proving that there was no DPA violation and accepted PGS Exploration (UK) Limited explanation.  This practice by ICO demonstrates a one dimensional and myopic view of data that does not protect data subject rights.  This misguided decision had profound consequences.  For one thing, it begs the question was Jones then legally in the USA?  Jones would not be permitted to work in the USA legally without US business sponsorship and employment in the USA, in the same way SDK was allowed to legally work in England.

Data subject rights are not protected when ICO will not confirm data controller compliance.  Afterall, ICO is supposed to be the data protection watchdog.  When ICO does not confirm compliance to DPA / GDPR Principles, data controllers can too easily provide multiple self-serving misrepresentations to escape any accountability.  Without a simple confirmation of the data processor agency, ICO allows violations of DPA / GDPR Principles. However, the practice also facilitates the defrauding of national immigration agencies who actually own and control the subject data being allowed to be processed in a specific limited way by employers.  Foreign passports and visas are subject data under the control of governments and it is often a crime to misuse or misrepresent such subject data.   

Corrupt data controllers who lie pathologically to intentionally destroy the livelihood and reputation of a foreign worker whistleblower should never be tolerated.  However, ICO (and ActionFraud) practices are so dysfunctional that data subject rights are not protected.  Such practices are very destructive to the data subject, of course.  However, In a broader sense, these practices are harmful to many other global stakeholders.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has also violated the human rights of a data subject and his dependents to whom they owed a duty of care.  In the process, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has lied to multiple governments, investors and competitors.  This has disgraced and made the upstream oil and gas industry less safe and reputable.

As stated within the previous complaint, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is a UK subsidiary of Norwegian based multinational corporation PGS ASA.  In 2013, three (3) data controllers processed PGS Exploration (UK) Limited SDK personal data to form the termination settlement contract which ended SDKs employment.  Data received by SDK through the 2014 SAR showed that in-house lawyers Carl Richards (Head of PGS UK Legal) and associate Ben Kelly reviewed the termination settlement contract before it was signed.  In-house lawyer Candida Pinto was secretary when most personnel file documents were dated.

SDK hired London based employment law firm Landau Zeffertt and Weir and interacted with principal solicitor Philip Landau and associate Holly Rushton (now Holly Hobson).  Global legal firm Watson Farley and Williams represents PGS Exploration (UK) Limited on a number of matters.  Watson Farley and Williams solicitor Rhodri Thomas was engaged to form and negotiate the final terms and conditions of the termination settlement contract.  All of these named lawyers and experienced HR personnel processed illegal personnel file documents, none of which were accurate or countersigned by data subject SDK.

Since 3 July 2015, SDK has published protected content on the internet exposing not only the inaccurate and illegal personnel file documents.  Since 2016, SDK has published that he was the target of a confidence fraud perpetrated by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir.  Even though PGS Exploration (UK) Limited threatened legal action with their 22 December 2014 response to the 2014 SAR just because SDK noted the non-compliant / illegal documents that were processed, no action has ever been taken through the English legal system which governed the employment and termination settlement contracts.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law) have never commented directly or specifically about SDK online publications that name and publicly accuse individuals of crimes.  None have invoked a breach in the contract Confidentiality clauses which prohibit publication of disparaging content.  None have processed publications as whistleblowing either.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Law compliance have been allowed to provide ridiculous responses to salient concerns about the termination settlement contract process supported by uttered forged defamatory records.  ICO has also never demanded an explanation as to how documents not signed by the data standard are compliant to DPA / GDPR Principles?  This is not protecting subject data rights!

What PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has confirmed is that Jones processed the non-compliant / fraudulent and defamatory SDK personnel file documents while he was in the USA.  SDK believes that the main reason for Jones being provided these non-compliant and defamatory documents was to be allowed to share this data with SDK potential employers who would not want to be liable for negligent hiring.  For instance, if the false records indicate that the employee had falsely accused his employer of illegal harassment and discrimination based on nationality, this would discourage potential employers from offering the candidate a job.  

Blacklisting is illegal in the US state of Texas where Jones resided and was also SDKs US residence whilst employed with PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  Processing fake employee data is a back door means of blacklisting a whistleblower whose claims were verifiable.  SDK contends that Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law were bribed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited to process defamatory forged documents as SDKs personal data!  Any experienced employment lawyer or HR professional, such as Jones, knows that personnel file documents not signed by the data subject are not worth a cup of cold urine in a court of law.   

Jones has been an active co-conspirator in UK domestic and US international wire and mail fraud through his processing of knowingly non-compliant and unlawful personnel file records whether as an agent of the US PGS ASA subsidiary or the UK PGS ASA subsidiary.  As current PGS ASA UK subsidiary manager, Jones continues to process this fake SDK data.  However, if Jones’ employer was actually the US PGS ASA subsidiary in 2013-2014, then PGS Exploration (UK) Limited at the very least violated the DPA Eighth Principle and of course lied to both ICO and SDK.  But, ICO has never thought this an important matter to confirm in their defense of SDK subject data rights!

Of course, SDKs counsel Landau and Hobson should have confirmed such facts long ago.  Instead, Landau and Hobson have remained fraudulently silent and refused to provide any answers or clarification to questions asked by former client SDK within multiple online publications.  Landau and Hobson have never addressed the issue of the civil and criminal litigation sponsored by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  Landau and Hobson formed the final terms and conditions of the termination settlement contract that ended SDKs employment with PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and was supported by knowingly inaccurate and non-compliant personnel file records which contradict the numerous email communications throughout the negotiation period.

SDK submitted an SAR to Watson Farley and Williams in 2016.  This global law firm did not acknowledge processing SDK personnel file contents.  This is an acknowledgement that Watson Farley and Williams also recognizes that the PGS Exploration (UK) Limited SDK personnel file documents are not legally viable in a court of law and points to the illegitimacy of the termination settlement contract.  Watson Farley and Williams Director of Compliance, Neeta Aulak, does process the termination settlement contract as SDKs personal data.  Aulak also stated that data provided to Watson Farley and Williams for processing the Tier 2 visa application, the legal basis for SDKs employment, was not considered for the termination settlement contract.  Aulak has never commented nor disputed SDKs published claim that she is a lying criminal whore.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law all do not acknowledge processing the grievance document which prompted PGS Exploration (UK) Limited to proffer a settlement contract and not proceed through the legal and contractually guaranteed grievance process.  The termination settlement contract references SDKs submitted grievance, yet none of the inaccurate and unsigned (by the data subject) personnel file documents do.  Even though it is a contractual breach to not proceed through the fair grievance process, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law bypassed the legal grievance process for a termination settlement contract.  SDKs submitted grievance was whistleblowing.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited retaliated by bribing lawyers to process forged documents and illegally terminate a whistleblower.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law continue to pervert the course of justice through their fraudulent silence.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and (former PGS Exploration (UK) Limited secretary) Carl Richards claims against SDK forwarded in Thailand by law firm Duensing – Kippen have prompted no response from Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law are trying to escape any relation or accountability for the fraudulent termination settlement contract supported by defamatory forged documents which was proffered to illegally terminate a foreign worker whistleblower.

Corruption is dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power that typically involves bribery,  All of the evil and hardship endured by SDK and his family should have been averted had ICO actually confirmed PGS Exploration (UK) Limited compliance to DPA Principles in 2014!  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, an English company governed by the laws of England, accused SDK of criminal defamation in Thailand under Thai law.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has misrepresented legal public disclosure – whistleblowing – as defamation under the laws of Thailand.  

ICO and ActionFraud refuse to ask even the most simple questions to establish GDPR compliance that  protects subject data rights.  And this is why the UKs inept handling of fraudsters fuels corruption and makes the UK less safe and secure.  SDK is simply pleading that ICO pursue their mission to protect data subjects rights.  Ignoring these pleas ensures continued publications exposing PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law crimes.  These publications will also disparage ICO and ActionFraud agents and caseworkers.  The abuse of power includes not using possessed power and resources to fulfil the mission to protect data subject rights.  ICO please demand answers from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and meet your mission objectives.

Regards,

SDK

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An American, the UK Data Protection Act, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and the Tyranny of “Accurate Data” (3-Jul-2015)

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO):

This complaint letter is legally protected public disclosure as defined within the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.  If any information presented herein is disparaging to named parties, they are legally and contractually able and obligated to clarify.

The following complaints were submitted to ICO prior to their recommending taking the complaints to the next level to PHSO:

What do you think we [UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)] did wrong?

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) mission is to “uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals”.  The GDPR seven key principles:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency.
  2. Purpose limitation.
  3. Data minimisation.
  4. Accuracy.
  5. Storage limitation.
  6. Integrity and confidentiality (security)
  7. Accountability.

Steven Kalavity’s (SDK) first direct interaction with the ICO was from October – December 2014.  SDK has submitted subsequent SARs to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY, England in 2016, 2018, and most recently in 2020 predicated on the contents received through the 2014 SAR.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is registered with Companies House (02904391) with legal jurisdiction of England and Wales.

SDK has been both disappointed and astonished by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ability to ensure subject data integrity and data controller compliance to General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) seven key principles and protect SDKs data subjects rights.  ICO fails to exercise even the most basic due diligence of data controller responses and confirm their responsibilities to data subjects.  ICO seems to lack robust processes that actually qualify and then validate data controller compliance.  Thus, subject data rights can never really be properly protected when dysfunctional processes that allow non-compliance are used by ICO.  

SDK is a USA citizen who was sponsored on a Tier 2 visa and allowed to legally work in England with employer/data controller, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited from September 2010 to December 2013.   SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited are bound by two contracts, (a) original employment contract and (b) a termination settlement contract both governed by the laws of England.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited continues to defraud SDK, the ICO, UK Visas and Immigration, Border Force and Immigration Enforcement, as well as several global stakeholders within the upstream oil and gas industries. 

If the aforementioned contracts are valid, SDK is contractually and legally prohibited from sharing information that disparages PGS Exploration (UK) Limited or any of its affiliates, customers, or contractors.  (This includes the recent disclosures to ICO and of course other online publications.) However, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has never cited a breach of these contracts by SDK.  Why not?  SDK has published disparaging content about PGS Exploration (UK) Limited since July 2015.  However, the content has been legally protected (PIDA) or whistleblowing.  

Three (3) data controller’s processed PGS Exploration (UK) Limited SDK personal data in forming the termination settlement contract signed in 2013.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was represented by Watson Farley and Wiliams and SDK was represented by Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law).  Agents from these firms have been copied on complaints submitted to ICO (and ActionFraud.  Since 2016, SDK has published his belief that he was a mark/victim of a criminal conspiracy and confidence fraud led by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law) all have been hostile and fraudulent respondents with regard to queries about the termination settlement contract which they formed.  The termination settlement contract contains Confidentiality terms and conditions prohibiting the publication of disparaging content.  It should be noted that while PGS Exploration (UK) Limited does not have a subsidiary in Thailand, global legal firm Watson Farley and Williams does have offices in Thailand.  Yet, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited used Thai law firm Duensing – Kippen?

However, the real power of settlement contracts is that they make future litigation between parties extremely difficult, absent a breach in the terms and conditions.  In any case, litigation is also very expensive, especially for an illegally terminated and blacklisted data subject.  This is important because usual civil litigation that data subjects would have available to them to correct data is not available once a settlement contract is signed.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law) engaged in criminal behavior and conspired to utter forged and defamatory documents to harm the data subject whistleblower, SDK.  

SDK first published his belief that Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir were bribed to illegally terminate a whistleblower in 2016.  Watson Farley and Williams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir have never commented directly on the PGS Exploration (UK) Limited sponsored litigation against SDK in Thailand.  In fact, SDKs position is that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited breached the terms and conditions of the termination settlement contract that contained mutual non-disparagement clauses.  The purpose of the termination settlement contract was to obstruct the avenues of legal redress to pursue civil and criminal claims under English law against PGS Exploration (UK) Limited / PGS ASA agents.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams, Landau Zeffertt and Weir, and Duensing – Kippen principals/agents have been copied on emails and could answer many questions.  However, they remain hostile and refuse to clarify the most basic queries.  SDK believes that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams, Landau Zeffertt and Weir, and Duensing – Kippen are intentionally working to avoid resolution by the English justice system.  Failure to disclose id a form of fraud:

Fraud Act 2006 Section 3: Fraud by failing to disclose information

18.Section 3 makes it an offence to commit fraud by failing to disclose information to another person where there is a legal duty to disclose the information. A legal duty to disclose information may include duties under oral contracts as well as written contracts. The concept of “legal duty” is explained in the Law Commission’s Report on Fraud, which said at paragraphs 7.28 and 7.29:

The fact that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited does not use the legal system of England as prescribed by contract(s), but instead takes “legal” action against SDK in Thailand citing Thailand criminal code should raise a big flag pointing to some irregularity or impropriety. (It is remarkable that ICO does not see this as highly unusual rather than likely.)  SDK has reported to both ICO and ActionFraud that he believes he and his Thai family members are victims of fraud, and extortion/blackmail multiple times.  However, such claims of data controller impropriety are not regarded as worthy of serious investigation by either ICO or ActionFraud (police)?  It is much too easy for data controller’s, such as PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, to provide material misrepresentations to both the data subject and ICO regarding subject data processing compliance.

ICOs response to data subject, SDKs 2020 SAR:

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An organisation has to comply with a condition set out in chapter 5 of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) if it is to transfer personal data overseas.

Article 49 (1) (e) of GDPR provides a condition permitting a data controller to transfer personal data overseas if it is “necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims”.

The organisation has confirmed that they relied on this condition to transfer your data.

In your case, the organisation has transferred your data to a legal firm in Thailand to pursue a legal claim against you. As such we consider it likely that the organisation has complied with its data protection obligations in this case

Although we appreciate this will not be the decision you were hoping for, we hope the above information is of assistance to you in clarifying the application of the GDPR in this case.

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ICO facilitates pathological deception and data controller criminal cover-up and misrepresentation.  The UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) form the terms and conditions of both contracts between PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and SDK.  The only data that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited should legitimately be processing for SDK at any time are records pertaining directly to SDKs legal employment.  This especially applies to records created whilst being employed in England from September 2010 to December 2013. These legal records should include personnel records that support the Tier 2 visa work permit legal requirements and also dependent family member application data provided to UK Border..

ICO does not seem to have an understanding of what legal subject data processing is and therefore has no processes in place to detect or validate such processing.  ICO must recognize that there are different types of personal data.  A data controller must only process personal data that is pertinent to the legal relationship of the data controller and data subject.  Data controllers’ legal processing of subject data must be qualified.  For example, inaccurate reporting of personal data used to support a Tier 2 visa could warrant criminal penalties for non-compliance and false reporting to other (international) government agencies.  

ICO renders decisions based on impressions.  Such practices are unreliable and do not protect data subject rights.  ICO decisions must be fact-based and supported with evidence/data.  ICO cannot and should not understand the details of subject data.  However, ICO should understand the base relationship between the data controller and data subject to the extent of making cogent decisions on fair data use.  Data controller’s garner no penalty for actively abusing their position and misusing or withholding subject data.

Data controllers have obligations, whereas data subjects have rights.  ICO must also understand the dimensions of personal data with regard to its fair use.  Data controller records and subject legal records cannot be conflated and allowed to be processed in the same way.  What data is processed and why are central  aspects of the GDPR principles.  While data subject SDK does not believe that ICO (caseworkers), chooses to use poor or dysfunctional processes, doing so actually aids and abets GDPR violators that severely harm data subjects.  

Case IC-44927-G3W4 pertains to the PGS Exploration (UK) Limited response to SDKs 2020 SAR which was submitted 15 April 2020:

From: Steven Kalavity <@gmail.com>

Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 7:20 AM

Subject: GDPR 2020 Subject Access Request

To: GDPR <gdpr@pgs.com>, John Francas <@pgs.com>

RE;  Steven D. Kalavity

        GDPR

I would like to submit a subject access for data that PGS ASA is processing for me, Steven D. Kalavity.

I am especially interested in the legal claims that have been prepared by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited intended for my receipt in Thailand.  I have never received these.  

I would also like to have the copies of any warrants filed where I am the intended recipient by PGS ASA or its subsidiaries.

I would like PGS to present full copies of any data referenced to prepare these claims.

Regards,

SDK follow-up 19 April 2020 email for unanswered 15 April 2020 email:

From: Steven Kalavity <@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 3:58 PM

Subject: Fwd: GDPR 2020 Subject Access Request

To: GDPR <gdpr@pgs.com>, John Francas <@pgs.com>, Lars Mysen <@pgs.com>

PGS GDPR DPO,

I submitted a subject access request 15 April 2020 that has not been acknowledged.

Could PGS ASA please acknowledge?

The 11 November 2018 documents that I signed in Thailand, (1) Plaintiff PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and (2) Plaintiff Carl Richards are not signed by the plaintiffs.  Can you please provide a letter with notarized signature confirming the plaintiffs are attached to the document?

Also, could you provide in English the Tippaya Monmanee’s legal qualification in matters of the laws of England?  Is she qualified to draft agreements for a company governed by the laws of England?  Also, is Tippaya Moonmanee qualified to draft contracts for adjudication in the US Federal Courts of Harris County Texas?

Regards,

This response from ICO shows a complete lack of understanding of SDKs data protection issues and concerns with .PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  ICO disregards substantive emails sent to them concerning the 2014 SAR, 2016 SAR, 2018 SAR and 2020 SAR processing by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. ICO states, “As such we consider it likely that the organisation has complied with its data protection obligations in this case.”   ICO has absolutely no basis in fact to issue such a ridiculous statement that damages the data subject and protects corrupt data controllers.  ICO disregards the GDPR Seven Key Principle.  Beyond this, ICO does not consider the data itself that was transferred.  UK GDPR states:

The UK GDPR restricts the transfer of personal data to countries outside the UK or to international organisations. These restrictions apply to all transfers, no matter the size of transfer or how often you carry them out.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has not been required to provide substantive responses that demonstrate their adherence to any of The Seven GDPR Principles.  ICO seems completely clueless in understanding different types of personal data and also does not inquire why a company, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, governed by the laws of England is using the Thai criminal justice system?  ICO Stating “we consider it likely that the organisation has complied with its data protection obligations” demonstrates an abject disregard for the rights of the data subject who claims the ventures into Thailand are a way to avoid the English legal system and blackmail to destroy and de-publish evidence of crimes!

The criminal charges put forth by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited against SDK are for criminal defamation under the laws of Thailand.   Firstly, the UK has no criminal defamation law.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and SDK were bound by contracts governed by the laws of ENGLAND that both contained Confidentiality terms and conditions prohibiting publication of content disparaging PGS Exploration (UK) Limited. (Unless it is protected disclosure as defined within PIDA.)  How can one not be in breach of contract for publishing unprotected disparaging content under the laws of England, but be charged with criminal defamation under the laws of Thailand?  ICO supporting PGS Exploration (UK) Limited claim that they have “likely” met their obligations for transferring subject data outside the EEA is both ridiculous and unfounded.

There needs to be an ICO process in place similar to the legal workplace grievance process that allows  data subjects the ability to appeal the adequacy of data controller responses to SARs.  Data controller compliance to the GDPR Principles should always be the primary objective.  Even if the concerns of the data subject are deemed ridiculous, data controller’s have the obligation to abide by GDPR principles and therefore must be able to easily demonstrate such compliance.  ICO must also understand what legally protected disclosure as defined by PIDA.  Data subjects citing data controller non-compliant data processing or their covering-up such activity is whistleblowing.  ICO needs to anticipate such reporting.

As previously mentioned, SDK had submitted an SAR to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (PGS ASA) in 2018.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is allowed to respond with ambiguity, threats and ultimatums rather than clarify legitimate data subject compliance concerns.  The response to SDKs 2020 SAR is absurd and actually more relevant to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited actions proceeding SDKs 2018 SAR.  SDK is requesting original English language (prior to translating into Thai language) copies of the “legal notices” that were delivered in Thailand to the residence of relatives while SDK was in the USA, as well as any personal data used in forming the legal notices.

For what possible reason has PGS Exploration (UK) Limited refused this request?  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has not even provided a current status of their Thai claims.  SDK has never published content written in the Thai language.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is translating content (which SDK believes to be legally protected per PIDA) in the English language to the Thai language.  Just as legal matters governed by the laws of England are written in English, documentation for use in the Thai legal system is written in the Thai language.  SDK is simply requesting copies of the documents intended for his receipt in Thailand to be delivered for his perusal in the USA.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited also provided multiple misrepresentations to SDK within their response to SDKs 2018 SAR in July 2018 which preceded the initial delivery of two (2) claims in Thailand through legal firm Duensing – Kippen to SDKs residence in Thailand in September 2018.  In November 2018, SDK signed two separate agreements under threat of criminal prosecution in Thailand and possible prison terms. SDK had also written multiple emails to ICO from June – December 2018.  (ICO Case Reference Number ENQ0754715).  

SDK never regarded the Thailand legal proceedings and subsequent agreements as legal and communicated this to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited multiple times.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has never explained how terms and conditions of both the original employment contract and termination settlement contract governed by the laws of England are not still valid and enforceable?  How can agreements sponsored by English company, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited,under the Thai legal system take legal precedence over contracts governed by the laws of England?

A PGS Exploration (UK) Limited company secretary, Carl Richards, had threatened litigation against data subject SDK in April 2018 regarding legally protected (PIDA) publications essentially revealing a criminal conspiracy controlled by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  Richards, fiduciary agent of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was threatening litigation against SDK as an individual divorced from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  SDK published his belief that the threat of litigation was illegal extortion.

Richards never confirmed his identity nor answered questions of his legal agency and fiduciary responsibilities of an acting PGS Exploration (UK) Limited secretary that would allow him to pursue litigation in Thailand as an individual whilst SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited were bound by two contracts prohibiting the publication of anything derogatory to PGS ASA, et al.  SDK also received threats from Thai legal firm, Duensing – Kippen, who similarly did not provide requested identification information.  

Duensing – Kippen emphasized that they only represented individual Richards and not PGS ASA or its affiliates.  Richards resigned as PGS Exploration (UK) Limited 25 May 2018.  This inspired SDK to submit another SAR to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited as GDPR was replacing the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and PGS ASA had appointed a Data Protection Officer.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited cited the termination settlement contract and attorney client privilege for not providing any information regarding SDK data processing.

In September 2018, Duensing – Kippen delivered two (2) claims against SDK.  One claim was on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and the other Carl Richards.  Duensing – Kippen misrepresented that they also represented PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  When SDK reviewed the claim, it was noted that the claim had been assembled following the delivery of the 2018 SAR.  Therefore, the response which PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was applicable to the 2018 SAR.  But, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited had provided misrepresentations to SDK in their response in 2018.

SDK had provided PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Norwegian parent company, PGS ASA, with copies of his USA passport and USA Texas state driver’s license, as well as SDKs postal mail address in Thailand where he was staying on visa for the explicit purpose of identification for processing an SAR in July 2018.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited used this data for fraudulent purposes without the permission of the data subject.  The identification and home address data was then provided this data to a Thailand based legal firm to harass and stalk SDK.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited had no legal reason for processing this data beyond identification verification.  These documents (passport and driver’s license) were not relevant, and in fact were different from those provided to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited during the Tier 2 visa application process in both 2010 and 2013.  

It is a violation of USA Federal law to copy a USA passport without permission.  It is a violation of USA Texas state law to copy a Texas state driver’s license without permission.  These copies were provided for subject identification only. PGS Exploration (UK) Limited fraudulently used without the data subject permission USA and USA Texas state legal documents for nefarious purposes beyond the scope of the employer – employee relationship.  This illegally obtained personal data was then provided to Thailand legal firm Duensing – Kippen who used passport data and address information to stalk, harass, and extort (blackmail) SDK.  These are violations of GDPR principles that should mandate the fair and legal processing of personal data.     

PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited also did not acknowledge a 2016 SAR which was sent to PGS ASA compliance which once again claimed and provided evidence of PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited executive fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and bribery.  PGS ASA states that they investigated, but the claim is not believed by SDK.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited noted SDKs 2014 SAR.  Since July 2015, SDK has published legally protected content online.  SDK published his concerns on the LinkedIn PGS comment space.  PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited deleted comments and did not invoke a breach in contractual Confidentiality clauses prohibiting publishing derogatory content nor processed the comments as protected disclosure, or whistleblowing  

At no point in time has data controller PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited played by the rules,  Thus, it is infuriating and intolerable that ICO responds that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has likely complied with their obligation to data subject SDK.  ICO does not even reference the numerous ICO cases and emails sent to them by data subject SDK since 2014!  Is it normal for data subjects to send so many complaints about data controllers every two years?  When providing responses, ICO must also consider the totality of information which they have been provided with focus on the mission.

The tragic truth of the matter is that the 2016 SAR, 2018 SAR and 2020 SAR were required only because ICO gave PGS Exploration (UK) Limited a free pass on their processing SDK personal data that did not comply with (then) DPA principles.  ICO did not protect the rights of the data subject, but provided a shield to criminal abusers who falsified personal data in order to destroy the livelihood and reputation of the data subject, SDK.  The only reason that so many legally protected publications were possible is because ICO dropped the ball in 2014 by not demanding that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited abide by DPA Principles.

The UK Data Protection Act 1998 Principles –  Subject data must be,

  • Fairly and lawfully processed;
  • processed only for limited purposes;
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive for the above purposes;
  • Accurate and up to date;
  • Not kept for longer than is necessary for the above purposes;
  • Processed in line with the rights of the data subject;
  • Data is kept secure;
  • Not transferred to other countries outside the European Enterprise Area (EEA) without adequate protection.

The response received from ICO 9 January 2015 is abject gobbledygook because PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is non-compliant to the DPA first principle: subject data must be fairly and lawfully processed.  Nevertheless, ICO ignores the first principle and responds: 

Response from the ICO [Ref. RFA0563589]

casework@ico.org.uk <casework@ico.org.uk> Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 3:38 AM

To: stevenkalavity@gmail.com

9th January 2015

Case Reference Number RFA0563589

Dear Mr Kalavity

Thank you for your further emails of 19 December 2014, 20 December 2014, 22 December 2014, 23 December 2014, 29 December 2014 and 30 December 2014 about PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.

The Data Protection Act 1998 applies to personal information relating to living individuals. It requires organisations collecting and using personal data to comply with eight rules of information handling. These are called the data protection principles.

>>>>….<<<<<

Accuracy of data

Finally regarding the accuracy of personal information held about you, as previously advised, we only consider issues of factual inaccuracies and not issues about opinions that may be recorded. In their letter to you dated 22 December 2014 PGS Exploration (UK) Limited advised you that your email to them dated 5 December 2014 had been placed on your personnel file. This means that this has now become part of the information they hold about you expressing your views about what happened.

If you have evidence that they hold information about you is factually inaccurate you may wish to raise this with them. This would not include such matters as your views about opinions expressed about you, or the way in which your grievance was conducted.

>>>>….<<<<<

First of all, the 22 December 2014 letter written by an accused criminal and non-compliant HR Manager, David Nicholson on behalf PGS Exploration (UK) Limited consists of unqualified misrepresentations and does not answer many of the issues the data subject, SDK, has raised.  These allegations were written and submitted within the 20 September 2013 formal grievance which is only referenced within the termination settlement contract.  While the letter does reference and state that a 5 December 2014 complaint email will after the fact be processed to make the subject data compliant, ICO cites no problem nor assesses any penalty to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited for processingesg inaccurate and defamatory (forged) documents.  

These inaccurate and defamatory (forged) documents supported the termination settlement contract.  This  means that SDK was terminated from employment illegally using non-compliant personal data. It also means this data was used to terminate his Tier 2 visa illegally. Why does ICO allow this solution and not hold  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited for violating DPA principles?  A 22 December 2014 email was actually a response to an SDK email sent 20 December 2014.  The email contained the (electronic) attachment of the 22 December 2014 letter citing several issues with a 25 October 2013 Memo which is being processed as SDKs personal data.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law) also conspired to place the physical health and well-being of SDK and his family at risk through abrogating their legal duty to protect employees from stress at work.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law) fraudulently withheld an occupational health nurse assessment report from consideration in forming the termination settlement contract.  This report is also not being processed as part of SDK personal data.  (It was obtained through a separate SAR to the contracted occupational health nurse.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited acknowledges this through the inclusion of the 5 December 2014 email which brings up the matter.

David Nicholson <David.Nicholson@pgs.com> Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 1:21 AM

To: Steven Kalavity <stevenkalavity@gmail.com>

Please find attached our response to your constant requests for information which either you are not entitled to or we don’t possess.

Please also note that we are now taking legal advice on this matter as we are of the opinion that we have reacted to all your requests in a fair and reasonable manner and that you are now in breach of your Settlement Agreement which you signed last December.

This letter has also been sent to you through the post.

David Nicholson HR Manager

From: Steven Kalavity [mailto:stevenkalavity@gmail.com]

Sent: 20 December 2014 04:03

To: Laura Haswell

Cc: David Nicholson

Subject: KALAVITY – SAR – PAR/TB Memo Reference Documents not provided

PGS UK Data Processor/Controller:

In my personnel file there is a Memo written/signed by Terje Bjolseth and Per Arild Reksnes.

First of all, I never received this Memo (to my attention?) until recently when it was sent to me by my SAR / UK DPA 1998.

Note the three referenced documents:

1) Meeting 11 September 2013

2) Your letter of 29 September 2013

3) Meeting 14 October 2013

I have not received these referenced items. 

Item 3:

I think this is a reference to the Norway – UK teleconference meeting.

No minutes of this grievance hearing are provided.  My witness/co-worker John Barnard attended (to verify what was said/discussed).  He is not copied on these minutes.  Simon Cather and David Nicholson did not attend this meeting.

Item 2:

Your letter?  I do not know what letter is being referenced.  Perhaps a letter from DN/SC?  I have not been provided with this document.

Item 1:

I do not know anything about this meeting.  It was not with me.  I have not been provided with minutes of this meeting.

The point is, information has been referenced and processed but has not been provided to me through my SAR request.

Please explain.

Regards,

Steven

Within the 9 January 2015, ICO again does not protect subject data rights, but instead shields data controller PGS Exploration (UK) Limited from addressing concerns responsibly.  ICO essentially allows PGS Exploration (UK) Limited to “correct” subject data with no penalty whatsoever!  ICO does not require that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited state why amending SDKs personal data is either necessary or compliant?  ICO did not even make the most basic inquiries to protect the data subject..  Why is it acceptable or necessary to alter SDK personal data by the inclusion of one of the complaint emails dated 5 December 2014?  The 5 December 2014 email is requesting that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited remove inaccurate and defamatory (forged) documents from SDKs official personnel records!  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has acknowledged that they have been in violation of DPA/GDPR principles through their permitting this alteration of SDK personal data.  ICO apparently does not even recognize this and obviously is not penalizing the data controller in any way.  Why would PGS Exploration (UK) Limited amend personal data months following the termination settlement agreement?  It is because PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processed the termination settlement contract using fake – forged and defamatory – personal data.  This is fraud.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited would not agree to or should be allowed to amend SDKs personal data with inaccurate and non-compliant content.  

ICO should not need to know this, but PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams, and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (Landau Law) had promised that SDK personal data was accurate the day before the termination settlement contract was signed.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams, and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (Landau Law) denied multiple requests by data subject, SDK, to inspect his personal data whilst negotiations were going on.  (SDK now knows why.)  However, ICO should know that documents that have no subject signature would not be considered legal or useful a court of law.  Within the 5 December 2014 complaint email to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, SDK requested the removal of non-compliant (to DPA principles) and illegal personal data.  

The 5 December 2014 complaint email to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited:

Data Protection Act 1998 – SAR – comments / requested changes

Steven Kalavity <@gmail.com> Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 7:16 AM

To: Laura Haswell <Laura.Haswell@pgs.com>

Cc: David Nicholson <@pgs.com>

PGS UK Data Controller,

Please confirm receipt of this email.

The forty day period for compliance of my Subject Access Request (SAR) has now passed.  I do not believe that there has been complete compliance, but I will defer to ICO guidance on how to proceed.

I have not received information regarding who directly has processed my personal data, who has had access to the different personal data stored, who has been provided with my personal data, or for what reasons. 

I applied for different roles while within PGS, especially during the time I was with Marine Contract – Africa.  Please provide me with discussions/outcomes from these applications.

I printed four copies of my grievance to present personally during the scheduled meeting.  I distributed the hard copies them to the meeting attendees:  John Barnard (my witness), David Nicholson, and Eddy Von Abendorff.  I also e-mailed copies to Simon Cather, Per Arild Reksnes, and John Greenway.

The grievance was principally in regard to the unfair and inaccurate processing of my personal data.  I believe that the Data Protection Act 1998 was violated when PGS did not allow correction of this data and continued to publish and disseminate the incorrect information.

During settlement discussions I requested disputed information removed and PGS UK refused this request.

PGS UK has provided only a select number of communications from limited data processors and not undeleted or recovered from back-up other electronic mails and records.

Hardcopy records (i.e., date books, other) have not been provided or mentioned.

Further, the Settle Agreement, Clause 9.7 establishes that PGS will endeavor not to publish any disparaging or harmful information about me.

I have communicated with ICO for guidance on how to proceed. 

Even though the disputed information was brought to PGS UK attention over a year ago through my grievance, ICO allows data controllers to address and correct (remove) inaccurate information.

Since I do not believe that I have received all my personal data that PGS UK holds, I will address the information in my personnel file.

For clarity, can PGS UK please confirm the order of the documents provided to me in two (2) packages as to how the information is presented and who has access to which portions?

With regard to the HRIS copy, can you please provide time-tagged copies (2 month interval) of the file to confirm how and when changes were made?

I am following the order provided to which the data was provided to me.   Please address these changes within 28 days.

Please address why this data was retained and created.

File Section 1:

Need to add eligible for rehire (as written in your recent e-mail). 

Memo dated 25-October-2013 – Conclusions from Grievance Hearing should be removed from the file. 

  • This document was never presented to me, yet it is referenced to my attention.
  • No signature or acknowledgement/agreement from me regarding content.
  • PGS offered me the settlement to STOP the grievance process (prior to this meeting, in fact).
  • Also, my solicitor, which I was prompted to engage after you made the offer, indicated PGS would prefer the settlement to proceed with the grievance so they WOULD NOT have to respond.
  • The grievance process was not CONCLUDED – it was just not continued due to PGS UK’s offer of a settlement agreement.
  • The minutes and record from this meeting are not sufficient given the gravity of the issue to the data subject.  Many important and substantive points are missing. 
  • More likely, I would have not accepted a PIP and would have appealed this conclusion and gone to tribunal, per ACAS provisions.
  • There is no presentation of evidence to indicate a thorough analysis.
  • There is no presentation of data that counter any of my issues brought-up within my grievance.
  • It accepts and amplifies the malicious and defamatory statements that are backed by no substantive evidence. 
  • This is not accurate nor fair and violates DPA provisions.
  • This also is not in accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement prohibiting publication of disparaging remarks.

Omitted:  My grievance document that challenges allegations with supporting evidence.  (Omitted okay as long as with the other documents that inspired it.)  The document provided does not include the pages of evidence that support my disagreement.  Why is not the complete document provided?

  • Also, I remember a yellow-highlighted copy of my grievance being reference when the settlement was offered.  Is this the document copied?
  • I provided hard copies to you, Eddy and John.  Where are they?

Letter to me 24 July 2013 – Investigation for Possible Implementation of Performance Improvement Plan – Should be removed

  • This letter was provided to me after HR refusal to present me with minutes of an “informal meeting” where these allegations were first made.
  • This letter without my response (grievance) included suggests some sort of agreement or concession of these claims.  My file contains no meetings or emails that corroborate any of these statements.  In fact, these statements are both malicious and defamatory.
  • This is not accurate nor fair and violates DPA provisions. 
  • This is also not in accordance to the terms of the settlement agreement prohibiting the publication of disparaging remarks.

Meeting 13-June-2013 summary – Should be removed

  • This was an informal meeting.
  • I was called to the meeting with no warning or time to prepare.
  • This meeting did not follow PGS policy or procedures.
  • I asked for clarification about how this meeting conformed with PGS policy and was refused.
  • I was also refused minutes of the meeting to contest.  Instead, I was provided a letter which prompted my response.  Yes, I did believe the minutes needed to be written so that I could have the opportunity to contest the (unsupported) allegations.
  • I do not agree with these minutes and believe they conflate meetings and correspondence which occurred between the meeting and my grievance.
  • Allegations are not supported by any documentation.  In a fair and accurate process, these allegations should have been substantiated:
    • Workload distribution is not an opinion and can be quantified.  I included this in my grievance.  It was never provided in the meeting. 
    • Responsible and fair HR Management should have verified and clarified claims made as fact.
    • Commercial acumen was never defined and purely a (malicious) unqualified opinion.
    • Meeting and instruction were cited, but not supported by written records.  In fact, they never happened.
    • The GAP analysis meeting(s) mentioned with Manager are not corroborated by notes or details, and in fact never happened.  Responsible and fair HR Management should have confirmed this.
    • PIP was never discussed during meeting, move to another work assignment was mentioned.
    • Quality of work – no record of meetings or specific instances.  In fact, there seems to be no reduction in work given to me as mentioned in grievance.
    • Workload distribution is not an opinion and can be corroborated with evidence.  It never was.  Responsible and fair HR Management should have confirmed and clarified this.  Workload distribution evidence was included within my grievance/reply.
  • I was not provided an impartial witness during the meeting to corroborate the minutes.
  • I do not agree with many of the contents of this letter.
  • My Grievance documents go into detail about the many disagreements.
  • This is not accurate nor fair and violates DPA provisions. 
  • This is also not in accordance to the terms of the settlement agreement prohibiting the publication of disparaging remarks/information.
  • Why was there no validation by HR (UK/Norway) of the contested statements made as fact and to my personal detriment?
  • I believe that this is a violation of the DPA.
  • The documents inclusion into my personal personnel record is prejudicial and disparaging and violates the terms of the settlement agreement, as well.

GAP Analysis – Should be removed.   Note, I asked for its removal during settlement talks and was refused.

  • No supporting documentation to give meaning and context.
  • The Gap Analysis is not supported by any tangible data.
  • It mostly indicates disagreement, but no basis of disagreement (what was measured?)
  • No supporting documentation that indicates any effort to resolve the Gap.
  • The denial to provide how the Gap is defined or can be filled makes this document irrelevant.
  • EvA references meeting, but no evidence is provided to substantiate.
  • This is not accurate nor fair and violates DPA provisions. 
  • This is also not in accordance to the terms of the settlement agreement prohibiting the publication of disparaging remarks.
  • Omissions – Supporting documentation

There is no record of meetings, advice, or elaboration about my deficiencies referenced in the meeting.  Did the meeting ever happen?  Did you confirm, if so why isn’t there supporting documentation?

Documents about my temporary living, and trip to England, etc. can be removed because the information is dated not really useful or relevant to my professional file

.Section 2:

Tax reference info if needed.  Most all else can be removed as no longer valid.  (i.e., passport copies)

Section 3:

Section 4:

Omission – Email from Maggie Bream regarding my health check following my 5-day absence.

Section 5:

Replace with current CV.  I have provided several updated versions for internal vacancies.

Steven D. Kalavity

Steven Kalavity’s first direct interaction with the ICO was from October – December 2014.  SDK has submitted subsequent SARs to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY, England in 2016, 2018, and most recently in 2020 predicated on the contents received through the 2014 SAR,  Since 2014, ICO had been unsuccessful in their mission to protect the data rights of subject SDK.  ICO failure has allowed PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (Watson Farley and Williams, Landau Zeffertt and Weir / Landau Law, Duensing – Kippen) to process defamatory forged documents that violate every DPA /  GDPR principles.  

SDK does not believe that there is an individual ICO caseworker or ICO in general has a personal vendetta against the data subject.  However, there is something systemic within the processes and procedures that data controllers PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Williams, and Landau Zeffrtt and Weir (Landau Law) to utter forged and illegal documents as SDK personal data over the course of several years without reprisal.  There may be other victims of data controller tyranny.  SDK is not the only person who is damaged by dysfunctional systems that violate personal human rights.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processed fake data to preserve a dangerous mythology intended to deceive investors, customers and competitors.

The upstream oil and gas industry pays a premium for companies that operate safely.  However, the Deep Water Horizon disaster demonstrated how catastrophes manifest within climates of fear where whistleblowers remain silent due to the threat of reprisal.  Further, being the target of workplace gang-bullying and mobbing, a brutal tactic often used by corrupt organizations to oust whistleblowers, is no picnic.  SDK would not wish it upon anyone.  What PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has done to whistleblower SDK is take away his ability to fight back.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited denied SDK his ability to defend himself.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited breached SDKs contract and obstructed his ability to raise a grievance.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited engaged in mobster tactics and worked to destroy his reputation through producing defamatory performance reports.  However, this meant PGS Exploration (UK) Limited had to defraud UK Visas and Immigration, Border Force and Immigration Enforcement.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited could not legally employ a poor performing foreign worker and displace an able UK-EEA resident worker.  When SDK did finally submit his grievance, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited once again breached his employment contract by proffering a termination settlement contract and not follow-through the legally mandated grievance procedures.  

In desperation, SDK sought “legal” advice from solicitor Philip Landau.  When SDK received the contents of his personnel file through the 2014 SAR and discovered forged and defamatory documents being processed he knew he was the victim of something terrible.  Landau Zeffert and Weir (Landau) law betrayed SDK.  Landau received truthful information from his client, but processed PGS Exploration (UK) Limited lies.  Watson Farley and Williams processed one set of data for UK Visas and Immigration, Border Force and Immigration Enforcement and another set of SDK personal data to support the illegal termination settlement contract.  

Every penny spent on this confidence fraud game is money stolen from PGS ASA shareholders.  This robbery should have been halted years ago.  It only required that ICO employed robust processes that legally validate data controller compliance to DPA/GDPR principles rather than assuming that corrupt narcissistic data controllers are “likely” telling the truth.  SDK is 100% certain that the personal data PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is not legal and violates DPA / GDPR principles.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited even acknowledges this through their amending SDK personal data by the inclusion of the 5 December 2014 complaint email!

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited  has no legal business nor reason for transferring SDK personal data to a law firm in Thailand.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited litigation in Thailand is predicated on the fact that SDK was coerced to sign two compromise agreements in Thailand.  One agreement was on behalf of Carl RIchards and the other on behalf of the PGS Exploration (UK) Limited directors: Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen  The agreements were signed under threat of criminal prosecution under Thai law with prison terms of 2-5 years each.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and Landau Zeffertt and Weir (now Landau Law) refuse to clarify the legal status of the two contracts governed by the laws of England which contain Confidentiality terms and conditions prohibiting publication of content that disparages PGS ASA, except for legally protected (PIDA) content.  The agreements signed in Thailand are for the sole purpose of silencing legally protected disclosure.  Such agreements are illegal under Norwegian law and unenforceable under the laws of England (PIDA).  

Content referenced within the original two claims was published on nopgs.com, which was stolen with all evidence destroyed whilst legal discussion was ongoing with SDK in Thailand.  Additional charges were made against SDK in Thailand when he once again exercised his legal right under the laws of England to legally disclose.  Retaliation against whistleblowers is illegal (PIDA), but continues because of the inaction of ICO and ActionFraud.  ICO and ActionFraud are implored to thoroughly investigate.  But, data subject rights are not protected from guesses by ignorant ICO caseworkers.

Regards,

SDK

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Duress – UK Contract Law

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SDK does not accept PGS Exploration (UK) Limited response to his 2020 SAR as reasonable.  It must be assumed that the correspondence delivered to SDK was for his consideration.  Why does PGS Exploration (UK) Limited contend that this consideration can/should only be done in Thailand?      

The subject access request (SAR) sent to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited in 2020 is requesting copies of any / all legal notices sent to SDKs former residence in Thailand to be sent electronically to the email address referenced within the 11 November 2018 contracts.  SDK has also requested the English language versions of any notices or correspondence prior to translation into the Thai language as well.

to:GDPR <gdpr@pgs.com>,John Francas <john.francas@pgs.com>
date:Apr 15, 2020, 7:20 AM
subject:GDPR 2020 Subject Access Request
mailed-by:gmail.com

RE;  Steven D. Kalavity

        GDPR

I would like to submit a subject access for data that PGS ASA is processing for me, Steven D. Kalavity.

I am especially interested in the legal claims that have been prepared by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited intended for my receipt in Thailand.  I have never received these.  

I would also like to have the copies of any warrants filed where I am the intended recipient by PGS ASA or its subsidiaries.

I would like PGS to present full copies of any data referenced to prepare these claims.

Regards,

Steven

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has refused to honor the 2020 SAR and provide SDK with content actually created for his consideration.  This PGS Exploration (UK) Limited response is more relevant to the SAR that SDK submitted in June 2018, prior to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards delivering initial claims in September 2018.  SDK was compelled to sign two (2), one for each claim, compromise agreements governed by the laws of Thailand.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Richards agreed not to further pursue criminal defamation charges with 2-5 year sentences for each claim if SDK signed the agreements.  (These agreements may also be invalid for reasons of duress.)  PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited provided Thai law firm Duensing – Kippen with SDK sensitive personal data without consent to initiate their legal claims in 2018.

ICOs response to data subject, SDK:

An organisation has to comply with a condition set out in chapter 5 of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) if it is to transfer personal data overseas.

Article 49 (1) (e) of GDPR provides a condition permitting a data controller to transfer personal data overseas if it is “necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims”.

The organisation has confirmed that they relied on this condition to transfer your data.

In your case, the organisation has transferred your data to a legal firm in Thailand to pursue a legal claim against you. As such we consider it likely that the organisation has complied with its data protection obligations in this case

Although we appreciate this will not be the decision you were hoping for, we hope the above information is of assistance to you in clarifying the application of the GDPR in this case.

Carl Richards’, Secretary, PGS Exploration UK Limited, Silence Implies Agreement and the Abrogation of Fiduciary Duty (20 April 2018) p108-109

SDK has also requested, through several separate correspondence, clarification on the status of the two current contracts between PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and SDK with respect to the legal notices delivered in Thailand citing SDKs breach of the Thailand contracts.  The legality of Thailand contracts has not been resolved nor clarified by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  SDK has sent PGS ASA/ PGS Exploration (UK) Limited several emails requesting clarification.  PGS ASA/ PGS Exploration (UK) Limited response has been to have Duensing – Kippen deliver ultimatums that only frighten Thai relatives who have no understanding of SDK and PGS ASA/ PGS Exploration (UK) Limited legal issues.

UK defamation laws are different from the laws of Thailand.  Defamation occurs when something is said or written about someone which is untrue and damages their reputation.  In the UK, defamation is a civil action.  Thailand still has a criminal defamation law.  Disparagement differs from defamation.  The contracts between  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and SDK, governed by the laws of England, prohibit the publication of unprotected content (not whistleblowing) that damages the reputation of someone even if the content is true.  The UK Limitation Act 1980 allows one-year from the date of publication to make a claim for defamation.   

When an English company hires a foreign law firm, they do not inherit the agency of the law firm.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited cannot legally hire Thailand law firm Duensing – Kippen for the sole purpose of prosecuting a case under the laws of Thailand!  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited would need to have agency in Thailand, such as a legal business of subsidiary, in order to be a victim under the laws of Thailand.  There are defamation laws in the UK/England that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited could sue under.

Duensing – Kippen cannot legally establish what is or is not a true published statement.  The claim filed in Thailand on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is a false claim.  SDK publications have focused on PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processing documents that are not signed by the data subject.  These documents are inaccurate and unverifiable.  SDK supports his claims with time-stamped emails.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Duensing – Kippen cannot legally establish what is true for the basis of a defamation suit.  SDK regards the litigation in Thailand as illegal blackmail / extortion to intimidate him into depublishing legally protected content with evidence.

SDK was accused of breaching the 11 November 2018 Thailand agreements during the 10-day consideration period following the signing.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (also, PGS ASA/ Watson Farley & Williams/ Landau Law) again retaliated against SDK for publishing protected content directed to a customer whilst they were in negotiations for a lucrative transaction.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards filed new criminal claims in Thailand with a new scheduled trial date of 29 January 2019.

During this period,  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards would decide to accept the previously signed agreements. However, in mid-December, the website, nopgs.com, that published most of the protected content was stolen after being taken offline.  SDK believes this was illegal theft and destruction of evidence that SDK would have relied on to defend against the claims.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards did accept the signed agreements.

The legal notices pertinent to the 2020 SAR are directed on the content published on marineseismicsurvey.com  Again, since nopgs.com was stolen and destroyed, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards would have to legally establish that content published on marineseismicsurvey.com is defamatory and the same as content illegally destroyed while under the legal discretion of Duensing – Kippen, Carl Richards, and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  SDK can only suppose that the claims delivered to SDK attention in Thailand address these issues.  But, Duensing – Kippen, Carl Richards, and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited refuse to deliver these claims to SDK while he is in the USA.

Why I Believe that Duensing – Kippen’s Delivered “Legal Notices” on Behalf of PGS ASA are Crimes (25 Mar 2020)

SDK believes that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is in breach of the 11 November 2018 Thailand agreement which stipulates an email address be used for communications regarding the contract.  SDK resided in Thailand on a visa which has expired.  Thus, SDK has no legal right to travel and/or remain in Thailand for any length of time.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Duensing – Kippen have demanded SDK travel to Thailand to address these delivered claims.  SDK needs to consider the complaints and get advice prior to returning to Thailand.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited provided Duensing – Kippen SDK sensitive personal data.  PGS ASA /  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited had been provided SDK passport copy and Thailand address information for the specific process of processing a 2018 SAR.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited did not have permission to provide sensitive personal data to Duensing – Kippen.  SDK is requesting the legal claims delivered in Thailand so that he can receive counsel regarding how to legally respond, but also resolve whether the initial claims were themselves legal.

SDK believes the only legal and valid contract between PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and SDK is the original employment contract.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited have declared SDK published content defamatory only under Thai law.  However, SDK publications are legally protected by the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA).  PIDA protections against illegal whistleblower retaliation constitute the part of both contracts governed by the laws of England.  

SDK believes that his termination from employment by Tier 2 visa sponsor PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was illegal retaliation for SDKs blowing the whistle on PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited management through the submission of a workplace grievance.  PGS ASA / PGS Exploration (UK) Limited were motivated to process fake records to support a “legal” basis for termination. PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and most importantly Landau Law (Phillip Landau, Holly Hobson) uttered forged documents to process the termination settlement contract.

Why I Believe that Duensing – Kippen’s Delivered “Legal Notices” on Behalf of PGS ASA are Crimes (25 Mar 2020)

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and Landau Law have been copied on this complaint to ICO.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams and most importantly Landau Law have never personally refuted SDK accusations nor invoked contractual confidentiality terms and conditions to cease the publication of content published since July 2015.  SDK contends that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has been in violation of GDPR principles since 2013.  SDK has published time-stamped e-mail records that prove PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is processing inaccurate SDK personal data.  

These claims could easily be validated by a legal third-party (police) evaluation of SDK PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processed data.  SDK has been involved with the ICO directly since submitting a subject access request (SAR) to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited in October 2014.  SDK received the contents of his PGS Exploration (UK) Limited professional personnel file and learned that most documents being processed within this personnel file bore no subject signature and were unverifiable. 

Another Unanswered E-mail to PGS ASAs Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, Berit Osnes, Nathan Oliver, Rob Adams and Walter Qvam (6 June 2020)

SDK has subsequently submitted SARs to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited in 2016, 2018, and 2020.  The predicate for the submissions in 2016, 2018, and 2020 has been the contents – personal personnel file data/documents – that was received from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited by the 2014 SAR.

Lawyers from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (John Francas, Lars Mysen, Rune Olav Pedersen, Carl Richards),  Watson Farley and Wiliams (Rhodri Thomas, Neeta Aulak) and Landau Law (Phillip Landau, Holly Hobson) all were involved with forming the termination settlement contract supported by the defamatory forged documents. This is the reason why PGS Exploration (UK) Limited sponsored litigation in Thailand, where SDK was living.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley and Wiliams) and Landau Law (LZW Law) are avoiding the English legal system because it would expose agent complicity and criminal behavior.

Lawyers from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (John Francas, Lars Mysen, Rune Olav Pedersen, Carl Richards),  Watson Farley and Wiliams (Rhodri Thomas, Neeta Aulak) and Landau Law (Phillip Landau, Holly Hobson) all know that the data being processed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited for SDK is not legal nor accurate.  There is no way that any legal contract breaches could not be resolved in much less time.  There has been a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.  

Lawyers from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited (John Francas, Lars Mysen, Rune Olav Pedersen, Carl Richards),  Watson Farley and Wiliams (Rhodri Thomas, Neeta Aulak) and Landau Law (Phillip Landau, Holly Hobson)  have been copied on this email and should be able to clarify and resolve the issues that SDK has found with his personal data that was processed by YOU ALL!

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Carl Richards and co-conspirators at Duensing – Kippen, Watson Farley & Williams, and Landau Law continue to pervert the course of justice through their silence.  In the meantime, my family suffers from the collective abuse from unprofessional pieces of shit who decided to make a US citizen a victim of their harassment, fraud and abuse.  You know who you are and what you have done.  Too many cooks spoil the soup as too many lawyers spoil a contract.  Whose contract takes precedence?  Article 49 (1) (e) of GDPR provides a condition permitting a data controller to transfer personal data overseas if it is “necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims”  Are the claims legal?  This is in doubt and contested by data subject SDK.

ICO has ignored SDK concerns regarding claims that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has violated multiple GDPR principles and even UK law (e.g., reports to ActionFraud (police) and instead have accepted the uninvestigated and unverified denials from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has escaped the most rudimentary and reasonable validation processes to confirm with certainty their compliance to GDPR principles.  SDK is 100% certain that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited  is NOT compliant to GDPR Principles!

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Holly Rushton <HollyHobson@bdbf.co.uk>,
John Francas <john.francas@pgs.com>,
Landau Law <pl@landaulaw.co.uk>,
Rhodri Thomas <info@emlaw.co.uk>,
Tippaya Moonmanee <tippaya@duensingkippen.com>
date:Jan 27, 2021, 11:27 AM
subject:What do you think we did wrong? & IC-44927-G3W4 – Part 2
mailed-by:gmail.com

This is a continuation of my previous complaint.

Steven D. Kalavity (SDK) is a USA citizen who was sponsored on a Tier 2 visa and allowed to work in England with data controller, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is registered with Companies House (02904391) with legal jurisdiction of England and Wales.  The employment contract between SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was/is governed by the laws of England.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processed SDK personal data to (a) confirm that a foreign worker met the criteria to legally work in England, and (b) maintain legal records regarding SDK work in England.  In the case of SDK, this data is mutually dependent.  The data that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processes must simultaneously satisfy both of these legal requirements.  The data subject, SDK, has shown with evidence that it doesn’t.  But, ICO does not hold PGS Exploration (UK) Limited accountable.

SDK has been involved with the ICO directly since submitting a subject access request (SAR) to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited in October 2014.  SDK received the contents of his PGS Exploration (UK) Limited professional personnel file and learned that most documents being processed within this personnel file bore no subject signature and were unverifiable.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was clearly, in the eyes of data subject SDK, in violation of DPA principles.

The Case Reference Number RFA0563589 for the initial complaints regarding PGS Exploration (UK) Limited personal/subject data processing.  

On 9 January 2015 ICO sent me a response.  This correspondence has also been attached to this email.

Firstly, SDK was flabbergasted when he received the personal data that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processed about me.  It was like an identity theft.  Most all of SDKs personal data being processed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was inaccurate and defamatory.

At that time, I could not figure out exactly what had happened.  

My employment with PGS Exploration (UK) Limited ended by a settlement contract,  UK employment law requires that terminations through settlement contract require the employee receive advice from a solicitor, which I did.

What SDK did not realize was that he had been the target of a confidence fraud by his hired solicitor.  My solicitor, Philip Landau and Holly Hobson (previous Holly Rushton) participated in the creation of fake data to support a performance based termination.

The settlement contract that was proffered and negotiated was in response to a submitted workplace grievance.  The grievance met the standard of protected disclosure, or whistleblowing, as defined by the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA).  

UK Law prescribes a legal process for resolving workplace grievances involving a written conclusion/decision and the opportunity for the employee to appeal the decision.   PGS Exploration (UK) Limited bribed Philip Landau and Holly Hobson to process an illegal settlement contract and deny SDKs opportunity for due process per law and contract.

SDKs grievance cited PGS Exploration (UK) Limited malpractice and breaches in UK Law, including violations of the Health & Safety Act 1974 and Equality Act 2010.  This included claims of being a target of workplace bullying, harassment, discrimination, and defamation.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited breached SDKs employment contract multiple times.  SDK had requested many times to see the contents of his professional personnel file and other documents.  SDK was denied.  This continued throughout the settlement contract negotiations because Landau and Hobson were not working in the interest of their client, but actively defrauding and defaming him.

In normal situations, the data subject would receive assistance in resolving such personal data issues from their solicitor.  However, since my solicitors were involved in the confidence fraud, it has been very difficult to unwind. Settlement contracts are very binding and unless there is some criminal investigation over the fraud, there is not too much I can do as a data subject.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has invested a lot of money and resources into this fraud.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Landau Law (Philip Landau & Holly Hobson) and Watson Farley & Williams (Rhodri Thomas) broke many laws throughout the course of SDKs “settlement negotiations.”  Also, since lawyers oversaw and participated in the confidence fraud, normal avenues of redress were blocked or made exceedingly difficult.

Within the 9 January 2015 ICO email:

Secondly regarding the removal of your personal data this is not a matter we can assist with. As previously advised Section 14 of the DPA says that a court can order a data controller to rectify, block, erase or destroy data where the court is satisfied the data contains an expression of opinion which appears to the court to be based on inaccurate data. Therefore you can consider taking such an issue to court, however you may wish to seek independent legal advice before pursuing this.

>>>>…<<<<

Accuracy of data

Finally regarding the accuracy of persona information held about you, as previously advised, we only consider issues of factual inaccuracies and not issues about opinions that may be recorded. In their letter to you dated 22 December 2014 PGS Exploration (UK) Limited advised you that your email to them dated 5 December 2014 had been placed on your personnel file. This means that this has now become part of the information they hold about you expressing your views about what happened.

If you have evidence that they hold information about you is factually inaccurate you may wish to raise this with them. This would not include such matters as your views about opinions expressed about you, or the way in which your grievance was conducted.

Other Issues

The following are response to other issues raised in your correspondence dated 29 December 2014:

  • Regarding providing information to Gareth Jones in the US if he is an employee of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited this information is not being disclosed to a third party organisation. Therefore his being in the US does not appear to be a DPA Issue.
  • The management of you former company email address is not a DPA issue. If any personal information about you is held on this email account PGS Exploration (UK) Limited should have considered providing this to you when they responded to your subject access request. This would not include personal emails.    
  • We have no evidence that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited hold information about a visit you may made to occupational health on 15 November 2013. If you have such evidence you may wish to raise this with PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.

Landau Law (Philip Landau & Holly Hobson), under normal circumstances, should be able to address all of the issues brought to the attention of ICO by SDK.  However, since LandaU and Hobson were SDKs hired counsel but actually principals in the confidence fraud, redress has been difficult.

However, with regard to the final point regarding the visit with the occupational health nurse 15 November 2013, SDK did acquire this report which not only should be processed as SDK personal data, but should have greatly impacted the settlement negotiations.  SDK submitted an SAR directly to the nurse.  The OHN report contradicts much of the fake content within the personal data being processed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  This report has been sent to ICO previously, but has been attached again.

The agency of Gareth Jones, who was working in the PGS ASA Houston, Texas USA office in 2013-2014 is a question that Landau and Hobson should be compelled to answer, since they were theoretically advising USA citizen SDK.  Landau and Hobson should also be compelled to state who signed the 5 December 2013 settlement contract on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited.  But, they fo not.

In the previous complaint which SDK sent to ICO last week, SDK mentioned that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited needed to support both legal sponsorship for a foreign worker in addition to normal employee records.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited could not legally sponsor a poor performing foreign worker.  Foreign workers can only fill roles which cannot be satisfied by the local employment market.  A performance based termination was used as a way to blacklist a whistleblower.  

Every lawyer and human resources professional understands the importance of having records signed by the data subject.  The reason that SDK records are not signed is because a criminal conspiracy of PGS ASA/PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and bribed lawyers uttered forged documents.

This leads to the same question as was asked in 2014, how can ICO or anybody regard unsigned documents as legal?  

Again, this e-mail will be copied to those accused in this mail.  Everyone can invoke the Confidentiality terms and conditions of the employment contract if they feel disparaged.  (They have not done so since first publications July 2015.)

Regards,

Steven D. Kalavity

Case Reference: IC-44927-G3W4

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date:Jan 24, 2021, 7:00 PM
subject:ICO Complaint 1 – 2 What do you think we did wrong? & IC-44927-G3W4
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Complaint Regarding PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, Watson Farley & Williams and Landau Law SDK Personal Data Processing

According to a quick Google search, the Information Commissioner is an independent official appointed by the Crown.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) mission is to “uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals”.

These information rights are articulated within the General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) seven key principles:

  1. Lawfulness, fairness and transparency.
  2. Purpose limitation.
  3. Data minimisation.
  4. Accuracy.
  5. Storage limitation.
  6. Integrity and confidentiality (security)
  7. Accountability.

Steven D. Kalavity (SDK) is a USA citizen who was sponsored on a Tier 2 visa and allowed to work in England with data controller, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is registered with Companies House (02904391) with legal jurisdiction of England and Wales.  The employment contract between SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was/is governed by the laws of England.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processed SDK personal data to (a) confirm that a foreign worker met the criteria to legally work in England, and (b) maintain legal records regarding SDK work in England.  In the case of SDK, this data is mutually dependent.  The data that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited processes must simultaneously satisfy both of these legal requirements.  The data subject, SDK, has shown with evidence that it doesn’t.  But, ICO does not hold PGS Exploration (UK) Limited accountable.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is processing illegal personal data for SDK, which is a violation of GDPR Principles 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7.  Put simply, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is actively engaged in the illegal uttering of forged documents that were used to defraud  and illegally terminate SDK from employment, but also defraud UK immigration (UK Border Agency), USA immigration, and Thailand immigration.  ICO has provided no support in rectifying PGS Exploration (UK) Limited criminal violations of GDPR principles.

ICOs RESPONSIBILITY is to validate PGS Exploration (UK) Limited subject data processing as compliant to GDPR principles.  ICOs failure to confirm data controller compliance has contributed to  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited violence and human rights abuses against foreign-worker whistleblower, SDK. 

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is also actively defrauding ICO.  The tragedy is that ICO is so dysfunctional that they seem unable to detect or remedy what should be simple to detect data controller violations and protect the human rights of data subjects as well as the vested interests of the UK government.  

ICO fails at their core objective mandate for existence to protect the rights of data subjects.  ICO failures have contributed to the damage inflicted on SDK and his family by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited illegal subject data processing practices.  

SDK is a professional data processor and analyst.  SDK also has received formal training and certification in auditing compliance for ISO 9001 Quality Management System standard.  SDK has also carried out several ISO 9001 internal compliance audits and also OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety compliance audits.  Auditors do not annotate compliance, they validate compliance.  In other words, auditors do not care if the auditiee says their processes are compliant because it is meaningless.  Auditors look at the requirements and validate compliance from the data which supports or subtracts from the objective requirements for compliance. Auditors generally do not have intimate knowledge of the processes that they audit or even the industry.  This allows auditors to focus on the documentation and data to determine process compliance.

Data subjects have neither the power, authority nor resources to compel data controller compliance to GDPR principles and ensure that personal data is being properly processed.  This responsibility and authority is given to ICO.  SDK has no idea what processes ICO caseworkers follow to assess data controller compliance to GDPR principles intended to protect the rights of data subjects.  

What SDK does know with absolute certainty through supporting data is that ICO has been unable to protect SDK personal data integrity and human rights.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited endured no reprisal for their exposed DPA violation.  ICOs failure to address what SDK understands to be UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) violations in 2014 (early 2015) was the predicate for multiple reports submitted to ActionFraud (police) and the impetus behind SDKs legally protected public disclosure – whistleblowing – campaign.

SDK has been involved with the ICO directly since submitting a subject access request (SAR) to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited in October 2014.  SDK received the contents of his PGS Exploration (UK) Limited professional personnel file and learned that most documents being processed within this personnel file bore no subject signature and were unverifiable.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited was clearly, in the eyes of data subject SDK, in violation of DPA principles, which states that subject data must be,

  1. Fairly and lawfully processed;
  2. processed only for limited purposes;
  3. Adequate, relevant and not excessive for the above purposes;
  4. Accurate and up to date;
  5. Not kept for longer than is necessary for the above purposes;
  6. Processed in line with the rights of the data subject;
  7. Data is kept secure;
  8. Not transferred to other countries outside the European Enterprise Area (EEA) without adequate protection.

Legal documents are required to have a signature and date. A signature is the name of a person written with his or her own hand. It is a legal means of indicating acknowledgement of the document content.  A date is necessary to show when the signature was made and therefore acceptance given.

None of the documents of significance being processed by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited as SDK personal data have been signed by the data subject SDK.  They are not legal and do not satisfy the first principle.  The PGS Exploration (UK) Limited SDK data being processed could not be used in an English court of law.  But, ICO allows PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has taken no action to defend subject data integrity.  How is this possible?  It is obvious that ICO processes are woefully inadequate and not protecting data subject rights.

Due to ICOs dysfunction and inability to stop PGS Exploration (UK) Limited continued processing of illegal data formed to defame and blacklist from employment data subject SDK in retaliation for exposing PGS ASA (Norwegian parent company) and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited board of directors and executive corruption and criminal behavior SDK reported to ActionFraud (police) and embarked on blogging campaign publishing legally protected public disclosure – whistleblowing (LinkedIn Pulse, July 2015).

SDK has subsequently submitted SARs in 2016, 2018, and 2020.  The predicate for the submissions in 2016, 2018, and 2020 has been the contents – personal data – that was received from PGS Exploration (UK) Limited by the 2014 SAR.  SDK was disclosing legally protected content intended to provoke a legal response which would expose, or force PGS ASA, to reveal the illegal subject data which.   (The first online publication, An American, the UK Data Protection Act, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and the Tyranny of “Accurate Data” (3-Jul-2015)  PGS ASA has avoided direct legal action in the UK court system and never cited the initial article or any thereafter as a breach in the contractual confidentiality terms and conditions.

In 2016, PGS ASA did not respond to numerous PGS Compliance emails exposing PGS ASA corruption from SDK.  PGS ASA also illegally deleted comments posted on the PGS ASA LinkedIn space.  PGS ASA breached contractual confidentiality terms and conditions protecting whistleblowing through the UK Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA). PGS was legally and contractually obligated to process a whistleblowing claim properly or cite a breach by SDK of contractual non-disparagement clauses. 

Contractual Confidentiality Clause:  

Each member of staff also agrees that he/she will not, during the course of his/her employment or if any time thereafter either make or publish or cause to be made or published, to anyone is any circumstances any statement (whether of fact, belief or opinion) which directly or indirectly disparages, is harmful to or damages the reputation or standing of the Company or any of its directors, officers, agents or shareholders.

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited wrote SDK a letter (22 December 2014) demanding that SDK stop communication with ICO regarding claims that their SDK data was non-compliant (fake) and cited that SDK was in breach of the contractual confidentiality terms and conditions and would take legal action (blackmail).  

Given your comments that you have been in touch with the ICO, we should be grateful for your confirmation by return that you have not disclosed any information to the ICO in breach of your confidentiality obligations (and that you will not do so).

In August 2016, SDK was restricted from LinkedIn through PGS ASA misrepresentation and mishandling of SDK personal data and not legally processing protected public disclosure claims per law and contract.  PGS ASA provided no information to SDK following the 2016 SAR.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited cited no breach in the contractual confidentiality terms and conditions over multiple online publications exposing PGS ASA fraud and abuse.  Thus, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited legal inaction is an admission that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is uttering forged and defamatory documents as SDKs personal data, as claimed within SDK blog post articles.  

The 2020 SAR was focused on litigation that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited initiated against SDK in September 2018 regarding content published online which the data subject declared to be legally protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing.  SDK was forced to sign in Thailand under threat of potential 2-5 years imprisonment for each for two claims of criminal defamation two compromise agreement contracts governed by the laws of Thailand?

RE;  Steven D. Kalavity

        GDPR

I would like to submit a subject access for data that PGS ASA is processing for me, Steven D. Kalavity.

I am especially interested in the legal claims that have been prepared by PGS Exploration (UK) Limited intended for my receipt in Thailand.  I have never received these.  

I would also like to have the copies of any warrants filed where I am the intended recipient by PGS ASA or its subsidiaries.

I would like PGS to present full copies of any data referenced to prepare these claims.

Regards,

Steven

SDK has contended that the litigation initiated in Thailand on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is illegal blackmail intended to depublish and destroy evidence of crimes committed against a whistleblower and his family, but also against company stakeholders, the UK Border Agency and even ICO whom PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has provided misrepresentations repeatedly.  

If the accusations made through the 20 January 2021 e-mail sent to ICO is not protected public disclosure, then PGS ASA, Watson Farley and Williams, and Landau Law agents could all cite the contractual confidentiality terms and conditions and sue SDK under the laws England.  But, all of the co-conspirators remain fraudulently silent and take no action.  Again, such inaction is an admission that the published claims of SDK that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is uttering forged and defamatory SDK personal data, which is a crime and violation of GDPR principles.  

In June 2018, SDK submitted an SAR to PGS Exploration (UK) Limited following the receipt of legal threats by email from Carl Richards, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited secretary, while living in Thailand regarding online publications which SDK regarded as legally protected public disclosure, or whistleblowing, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited requested that SDK provide them with information to confirm his identity prior to processing the 2018 SAR.  This included a postal mail address in Thailand, SDK USA passport and Texas driver’s license photocopies.

In September 2018, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited and Carl Richards (two separate claims) had Thai law firm Duensing – Kippen deliver summons to the address which had been provided to them by request to process the 2018 SAR.  PGS illegally copied SDK personal data and provided it to third-parties Carl Richards and Duensing – Kippen.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited had never responded to numerous e-mails nor commented on the also numerous posted articles on SDK website, nopgs.com.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited illegally copied SDK personal data and provided it to support illegal litigation.  SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited were bound by the confidentiality terms and conditions of the original employment contract and the 5 December 2013 termination settlement contract, both governed by the laws of England.

Both the 22 December 2014 and 16 July 2018 SAR response letters written on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited referenced the 5 December 2013 termination settlement contract confidentiality terms and conditions which prohibit the publication of disparaging content.  However, rather than PGS Exploration (UK) Limited citing a breach in the 5 December 2013 termination settlement contract confidentiality terms and conditions (governed by the laws of England), PGS Exploration (UK) Limited initiate criminal defamation claims in Thailand citing Thailand laws?

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is an English company governed by the laws of England.  But, more significantly, how could there be no breach in the 5 December 2013 termination settlement contract confidentiality terms and conditions, but defamation under Thai laws?  If the SDK personal data is not legal, then the 5 December 2013 termination settlement contract cannot be legal.   PGS ASA is trying to avert the laws of England.  SDK was forced to sign another compromise agreement in Thailand to avoid two criminal and civil trials in Thailand.

SDK does not believe that the agreements signed in Thailand are legal instruments as they prohibit whistleblowing.  SDK left Thailand 3 July 2019.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited / John Francas was made aware of this.  Yet, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited continued to mail threats to the home of SDKs Thai relatives in SDKs absence.  PGS Exploration (UK) Limited threatened that there was criminal prosecution and jail awaiting SDK if he did not appear in Thai court.  

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited has never explained how the litigation in Thailand that exposes the SDK personal data PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is processing are defamatory forgeries can be legal or what has become of the original employment contract or 5 December 2013 contract terms and conditions.

The 5 December 2013 settlement contract between SDK and PGS Exploration (UK) Limited is not a legal contract because it is supported by forged and defamatory documents!

ICO needs to validate PGS Exploration (UK) Limited DPA/GDPR compliance.  This must start with demanding that PGS Exploration (UK) Limited explain why they contend that documents which have several inaccuracies, are defamatory toward the data subject, and finally do not bare the signature of the data subject are legal.  

If ICO cannot compel data controllers to demonstrate compliance to GDPR principles, then exactly what can ICO do to ensure personal data integrity?

Do your job, ICO.  

Regards,

Steven D. Kalavity

2.  IC-44927-G3W4

Criminal Pieces of Shit:

PGS ASA named Accused Criminal Conspirators

(WAITING FOR THE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE AND CONFIRM)

Legal Firm Watson Farley & Williams Accused Criminal Conspirators

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

Legal Firm Landau Law / Landau Zeffert & Wier (LZW) Accused Criminal Conspirators

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

SDK hired Counsel and reason that I am able to publish so much content since 3 July 2015!

Thailand Legal Firm Duensing – Kippen Accused Criminal Conspirators (Paid by PGS ASA) in lieu of invoking Contractual Confidentiality Terms and Conditions Governed by English Law)

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

Workplace Mobbing is Psychological Terrorism

Why I Believe that Duensing – Kippen’s Delivered “Legal Notices” on Behalf of PGS ASA are Crimes (25 Mar 2020)
PGS ASA, Watson Farley & Williams and Duensing Kippen Global Corruption: Racketeering and Defamation Defined (2 March 2020)
Open Letter to Norway’s Telenor Board of Directors Regarding Compliance Officer Silke Hitschke (8 September 2020)
Open Letter to Tina Bru, Norway Minister of Petroleum and Energy (13 June 2020)
The Crimes of Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) CEO Jon Erik Reinhardsen (4-Sep-2016)
Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen and the Management of Gang Rape (24 October 2017) – Republish
Open Letter to Petroleum Geo-Services ASA Board of Directors (18 June 2017) p124-128

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PGS ASA: Webcast Details for Presentation of Q4 2020 Results and 2021 Perspectives

A board of directors should exercise reasonable prudence in carrying out their duties to achieve the best interests of the corporation. An officer or director may be held personally liable for failing to exercise reasonable or ordinary care under the circumstances, e.g., invoking contractual confidentiality clauses in place to protect company reputation and value.

PGS ASA Customers and Investors are Idiots that allow the Corrupt and Incompetent Board of Directors and Executive Management to Ignore their Responsibility of Protecting Company Reputation and Value.

The “data protection dispute” acting PGS Exploration (UK) Limited secretary, Carl Richards, refers to is the data subjects claim that PGS ASA processed forged and defamatory documents to support a termination settlement agreement. What data did Richards provide to Thai law firm Duensing – Kippen to establish a defamation claim? PGS ASA illegally released SDKs sensitive personal data to a third-party (Richards) who then shared it with another third-party (Duensing – Kippen)? Why is English lawyer and secretary of a company governed by the laws of England relying on Thai laws instead of the confidentiality terms and conditions of the employment contract also governed by the laws of England which prohibit the publication of derogatory content about PGS ASA or its agents/stakeholders?

Commentary and Analysis

Why do PGS ASA, Watson Farley & Williams, and Landau Law agents allow themselves to be called Criminal Pieces of Shit if they are not Criminal Pieces of Shit? Silence is consent ActionFraud (and ICO)!

Criminal Pieces of Shit:

PGS ASA named Accused Criminal Conspirators

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

Legal Firm Watson Farley & Williams Accused Criminal Conspirators

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

Legal Firm Landau Law / Landau Zeffert & Wier (LZW) Accused Criminal Conspirators

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

SDK hired Counsel and reason that I am able to publish so much content since 3 July 2015!

Thailand Legal Firm Duensing – Kippen Accused Criminal Conspirators (Paid by PGS ASA) in lieu of invoking Contractual Confidentiality Terms and Conditions Governed by English Law)

(Waiting for the police to investigate and confirm)

Wake-up and do you your job, ActionFraud!

On or before 4 February 2021, PGS ASA will need to respond to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regarding the transfer of USA citizen and PGS ASA whistleblower, SDK, personal data to THAILAND and USA.

Such transfers can only take place if conditions are met under Chapter 5 of the General data Protection Regulations (GDPR) . ICO has requested that PGS ASA UK subsidiary provide information to demonstrate how PGS ASA have met the conditions of Chapter 5 of the GDPR with regard to the criminal and civil litigation carried out by Thailand law firm Duensing – Kippen on behalf of PGS Exploration (UK) Limited directors Rune Olav Pedersen, Gottfred Langseth, and Christin Steen-Nilsen, as well as (former) secretary Carl Richards (two claims).

More Legally Protected Public Disclosure Content Exposing PGS ASA Corruption and Deception will be added through Thursday, February 4, 2021.

PGS ASA Press Release

President & CEO Rune Olav Pedersen and EVP & CFO Gottfred Langseth will present the results and PGS 2021 perspectives, including company guidance, via a webcast the same day at 09:00 am CET. To join the webcast, copy and paste the link below into your browser, or go to PGS website www.pgs.com.
Webcast link: https://channel.royalcast.com/landingpage/hegnarmedia/20210204_5/

A replay of the webcast will be made available on www.pgs.com shortly after.


FOR DETAILS, CONTACT:
Bård Stenberg, VP IR & Corporate Communication
Mobile:  +47 99 24 52 35

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is a Worthless Organization

ICO Fails to Protect the Human Rights of Data Subjects. ICO Dysfunction Facilitates Data Controller Corruption and Abuse

SDK hired Legal Counsel Philip Landau and Holly Hobson have never represented nor defended client SDK. Philip Landau and Holly Hobson accepted bribes to participate in a confidence fraud. Philip Landau and Holly Hobson are criminal pieces of shit who should be in prison. Their silence is fraudulent and perverts the course of justice. Those who employ these bottom-feeding scum are negligent through poor due diligence and need to be held accountable.

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In Search of Vindication from “Legal Counsel” Philip Landau and Holly Hobson

An Open Post to Former Agents of Landau Zeffertt Weir Solicitors LLP

Between the Bully and the Deep Blue Sea (5-Jun-2015)
Aaron Tippin – You’ve Got To Stand For Something (Official Video)

On 22 October 2013, US citizen and sponsored Tier 2 visa worker Steven D. Kalavity (SDK) formally engaged Philip Landau, then with Landau Zeffertt Weir Solicitors (LZW), a London, England employment law firm. LZW was contacted to advise on a settlement agreement that had been proffered by SDKs employer, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY, England, on 10 October 2013. Since this date, SDK has felt like a man convicted for a crime that he never committed. It has been hell! After months of terrible workplace mobbing abuse by his employer, SDK sought redress through his proceeding through the legally and contractually guaranteed grievance process. However, LZW decided not represent the interests of client SDK, but instead aid the abusers. (SDK could have never even imagined such evil back then.) The LZW agents who SDK communicated with directly and principally facilitated the confidence fraud were Philip Landau and Holly Rushton (now Holly Hobson) who were professionally engaged as SDKs counsel through the eventual signing of a termination settlement contract agreement 5 December 2013 (10 October – 5 December 2013) [SCA]. The reason that SDK is able to publish articles disparaging his former counsel and employer is because the rendered SCA advised on by LZWs Landau – Hobson (Rushton) is an illegal contract supported by defamatory forged instruments. The conspirators were publicly exposed years ago (3 July 2015). Landau and Hobson have never advised that the online publications cease or denied accusations that they participated in a criminal conspiracy to defame and defraud their client. Landau and Hobson have remained silent. This is the main reason that justice has alluded SDK is because he never really ever had legal counsel representing his interests.

The voice of the lawyers involved with negotiating the actual terms and conditions of my termination were Philip Landau, from Landau Zeffertt Weir Solicitors LLP, representing me and Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) which was enlisted by PGSUK.  Every single one of these named individuals has a voice, access to legal counsel, and the capacity to respond and to clarify any of the issues brought-up in my posts.  The base argument is that no settlement agreement contract can be applied to supersede the legal provisions afforded to each data subject through the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  The DPA does not allow inaccurate subject data to be fraudulently processed by a data controller, e.g., PGS. My contention, however, is that the aforementioned actors – and likely several others – have indeed conspired to accomplish just that.

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Mob Gaslighting (22 June 2016)
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Communications between SDK and Landau began on 10 October 2013. SDK had delivered a formal grievance to parent company, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) management on 20 September 2013 to initiate the formal grievance process. The grievance was prompted by an ambush meeting that occurred on 13 June 2013. SDK had wanted to submit a grievance directly following that ambush meeting, but was obstructed from doing so. PGS refused to provide minutes, or any firm record, of that meeting to SDK as a basis for the grievance. Eventually, on 24 July 2013, PGS delivered, through PGS UK HR Manager, David Nicholson, a letter, Investigation for possible implementation of a Performance Improvement Plan. This ambush letter instead became the referenced basis for the grievance submitted 20 September 2020. The grievance had alleged the abuse of position, bullying / harassment, discrimination, and defamation of SDK mostly by three principals: David Nicholson, PGS UK HR Manager, Edward von Abendorff, SDKs supervisor and Simon Cather, von Abendorff’s boss. A grievance hearing had been scheduled for 14 October 2013. On 10 October 2013 a termination settlement was proffered by the accused PGS perpetrator, Nicholson, to stop the grievance process, which SDK rejected. Following this, SDK did some online research, discovered and then contacted Landau / LZW.

In October 2014, I contacted Nicholson and Haswell to submit my SAR to PGS Exploration UK Limited.  I contacted Landau, just so he would be aware.  I also contacted Bjølseth.  There was a brief acknowledgement from Landau. Bjølseth basically confirmed and approved that Nicholson et. al would address my SAR.  I made it clear that I had many disagreements about my held subject data with the ICO caseworker, as well as with Nicholson and Haswell.  The communications with PGS ended in late December 2014.  Readers must understand that I knew immediately upon receiving my SAR data that something was awry. 

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Mob Values (14 June 2016)

Landau immediately recommended that an “enhanced” settlement agreement be sought, rather than continuing to proceed through the Company grievance procedures through conclusion and then possible appeal. SDK was motivated to extricate himself and his family from the health-harming work environment. However, SDK obviously wanted to do so with the most favorable financial and professional terms possible with his reputation and dignity intact. As a US citizen foreign worker, SDK had no ties nor interest in any prolonged battle or remaining in England. Reluctant to abandon the grievance procedures process, SDK paid Landau to negotiate the most favorable exit that he could, based on his experience and knowledge of UK employment law. SDK finally did act and place his confidence in Landau’s advice to negotiate the “enhanced” termination settlement agreement. Landau was assisted by lawyer Holly Rushton (now Holly Hobson). PGS enlisted the services of law firm Watson Farley & Williams lawyer Rhodri Thomas. On 1 November 2013 settlement discussion began. An agreement was signed 5 December 2013. SDK was placed on garden leave from 5 – 31 December 2013 and did not return to PGS offices. SDK felt that the garden leave and isolation from office acquaintances was disparaging, especially around the holiday season, but PGS offered to pay an additional month salary if SDK agreed. SDK would have never agreed to such terms and conditions if he lived in England and not been a sponsored foreign worker. SDK and family departed England to the USA on 24 December 2013 never completely satisfied with the outcome, but out of harms way. Or so SDK hoped and believed at the time.

PINTEREST – Holly Hobson London Employment Law BDBF Landau LZW – Without Prejudice Emails – Confidence Fraud Against Whistleblower
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following the initial settlement proffered by one of the perpetrators which SDK rejected.

Diligence, Negligence, and Gross Negligence

My Philip Landau and Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) London Solicitors Testimonial (Updated 9-Apr-2017)
Alan Zeffertt – Anthony Gold
Andrew Weir – Andrew Gold

Through a network of bribed and corrupt lawyers / solicitors and human resources personnel justice have perverted the course of justice and denied their victim of violent crimes an opportunity to fight back. PGS, along with their contracted counsel WFW plus LZWs crucial assistance formed an illegal termination settlement contract through gaslighting lies and manipulation. The abuse of SDK and his family has continued through their illegal silence. PGS, LZW and WFW fraud, defamation (blacklisting), harassment and abuse has never ceased. Once in the USA, in October 2014, SDK submitted a subject access request (SAR) citing the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to receive copies of SDK personal data that PGS was processing. This included SDKs PGS professional personnel file and several other e-mails. (Landau was made aware that an SAR was submitted. ) The documents processed within SDKs PGS personnel file bore no subject SDK signature and were inaccurate and defamatory. SDK sent several complaints to both PGS as well as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in charge of DPA compliance. On 22 December 2014, PGS sent by e-mail and post mail a letter signed/endorsed by Nicholson “clarifying” issues that SDK had discovered following the receipt of data that PGS was processing as SDKs personal data (extortion letter).

PGS did concede to amend SDKs personnel file documents by including one 5 December 2014 complaint e-mail into SDKs PGS personnel file, but threatened legal action if SDK continued his questioning of the false instruments PGS had already illegally processed. In spite of the double-speak within the extortion letter, placing the 5 December 2014 e-mail highlighting issues with the contents of SDKs personnel file was an amendment/change of SDKs personal data after the fact. PGS essentially acknowledged that PGS, WFW and LZW had processed inaccurate personal data and their solution was to correct it. This was also an acknowledgement that PGS, WFW and LZW has all conspired to defraud SDK. As a condition of signing the termination settlement agreement, PGS, WFW and LZW promised that the contents would be true and accurate. PGS, WFW and LZW all gaslighted to induce SDK to sign the phony contract. Obviously, LZW participation in the fraud was pivotal to its “success.” Records with no subject counter-signature cannot be verified for accuracy and would not be considered legal documents, except within this criminal conspiracy including corrupt lawyers and human resources employee’s. Most documents are signed solely by accused harasser and defamer Nicholson!

PGS did not address that their concession to amend SDKs personal data meant that inaccurate/false personal data had been used to process the termination settlement agreement (fraud). Nevertheless, ICO was and has remained satisfied with this “solution.”

A formal grievance had been delivered to parent company, Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) management on 20 September 2013 and a hearing had been scheduled for 14 October 2013. Landau recommended immediately recommended that he advise on negotiating an “enhanced” settlement agreement (payment) and discontinue the grievance process. Landau was assisted by lawyer Holly Rushton (now Hobson). PGS enlisted the services of law firm Watson Farley & Williams lawyer Rhodri Thomas. On 1 November 2013 settlement discussion began. An agreement was signed 5 December 2013. SDK was placed on garden leave from 5 – 31 December 2013 and did not return to PGS offices. SDK and family departed England 24 December 2013.

Workplace Mobbing is Psychological Terrorism (16 April 2019)
The Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) Ambush Meeting and the Definition of Fraud (24 May 2016)
The Crimes of Philip Landau #London #EmploymentLaw #Solicitor and Petroleum Geo-Services #PGS #CEO #Pedersen (30 December 2017)

Because of the binding nature of settlement contracts, there was little more that SDK could do, even though the entire purpose of DPA is to ensure correct data is processed for data subjects. In July 2015, SDK published some of these issues online the LinkedIN™ Pulse platform expecting that the Confidentiality clauses would invoke some response (legal action) from PGS. Nothing happened. In August 2015, SDK submitted a report to UK ActionFraud (police). Neither ICO nor the police, to date, have ever thoroughly investigated SDK, claims. From September 2015 through August 2016, SDK published several more articles on LinkedIN™. SDK sent several complaints to PGS Compliance Hotline which were never answered. SDK also submitted several comments on the PGS LinkedIN™ space . These complaints were deleted. SDK even contacted Landau. Landau and Hobson (Rushton) were now with Landau Law. Landau and Hobson have never commented, but have essentially aided PGS in maintaining the false narrative. SDK believes that this silence and failure to clarify SDKs position is itself fraudulent and perverts the course of justice. It also confirms that Landau -Hobson were principle actors in the execution of a confidence fraud against their client. SDK, a USA citizen. SDK was denied due process under English law and contract. SDK was then sent back to the USA out of reach of English justice. This punctuates the claim of discrimination made against PGS. SDKs US citizenship made him vulnerable to such a confidence fraud.

Several e-mails between SDK and Landau-Hobson from 10 October 2013 – 5 December 2013 confirm that PGS is processing inaccurate defamatory data as SDKs personal data.orwegian company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) illegally harassed and discriminated against a US citizen foreign worker whistleblower. To avoid accountability for their violent crimes against US-Thai citizens under their contractual Duty of Care, they bribed lawyers, Philip Landau and Holly Hobson (Rushton) to defraud and professionally blacklist their client, Steven Kalavity (SDK). On 22 October 2013, Philip Landua, then with Landau Zeffert and Wier Solicitors (LZW) was paid money and formally engaged to represent SDK. (LZW later became Landau Law to scrub evidence and launder the bribe money.) SDK was sponsored to work in England by PGS’ subsidiary in England, PGS Exploration (UK) Limited, 4 The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY. The criminal conspiracy to defraud foreign worker whistleblower, SDK, was only successful because SDK was a foreigner. Through bribing SDKs counsel, SDK was effectively denied his legal due process. Everything that I am writing can be confirmed or denied by Landau and Hobson. Landau and Hobson silence is fraud. Every question asked of PGS through the subject access request (SAR) sent to PGS October 2014 should have been confirmed by Landau and Hobson. However, since Landau and Hobson were indispensable actors in the criminal conspiracy confidence fraud, they have never come to the aid of their former client. They have allowed SDK to be defamed and defrauded. Landau and Hobson have been accused of criminal acts formally since 2016. Neither has ever protested their innocence. So, why doesn’t UK ActionFraud (police) arrest them when they have never denied that they are criminals. The evidence that SDK has posted online since 3 July 2015 is irrefutable. But, it seems Sherlock Holmes inquisitiveness is only the thing of fiction in the UK.

Equinor should have addressed ‘significant’ problems in U.S. sooner -chairman (9 October 2020) – Norway covers-up their corruption and the PWC audit is meaningless. The same board that allowed the poor investments also selected Reinhadsen to be Chairman

SDK was a foreign worker in a foreign land under significant stress from the hostile work environment. The health and well-being of SDK and his family were continually jeopardized by the illegal workplace behaviors, continual lies and gaslighting. Things came to a head 13 June 2013 when SDK entered into an ambush meeting hosted by HR Manager, David Nicholson and attended by SDKs supervisor, Edward von Abendorff and his supervisor, Simon Cather. An ambush meeting is essentially when corrupt managers abuse their power and without legal license nor evidence threaten a hapless target of illegal harassment and discrimination livelihood and defame them. Following this meeting, SDK requested minutes of the meeting so that he could invoke his legal right under law and contract to submit a grievance. The trio of criminals, Nicholson, Cather, and von Abendorff breached SDKs contract and perverted the course of justice by obstructing this legal right under law and contract. SDK needed something in writing since minutes of the illegal ambush meeting were withheld. Eventually, Nicholson signed and delivered an illegal letter on behalf of the Company on 24 July 2013 that similarly threatened and defamed SDK. The trio of criminal cowards wanted to escape all responsibility for their illegal behavior and PGS upper management aided and abetted in the fraud and defamation of a foreign worker whistleblower.

SDK did not work directly for Nicholson. Further, since the requested grievance regarded the meeting that Nicholson hosted and participated in, he would not have any qualified privilege. Similarly, the directors and secretary of PGSUK, Jon Erik Reinhardsen, Gottfred Langseth, Christin Steen-Nilsen and Candida Pinto also held no direct knowledge of my work and also held no qualified privilege. They abused their power to intimidate their target of violent health harming harassment through endorsing an illegal and defamatory letter that they ultimately would be accountable. The letters subject line, Investigation for Possible Implementation of a Performance Improvement Plan was strategically named to obstruct SDKs legal and contractual right to submit a grievance which would have obviously revealed PGS breach of contract and defamation. The ambush letter scheduled a meeting for 11 September 2013. SDK had made his intentions clear that he intended to respond to the ambush letter with a grievance. PGS continued to illegally obstruct SDKs legal and contractual right under law and contract to submit a grievance. PGS never aided in the submission process as they are supposed to do. The 11 September 2013 meeting was rescheduled for 20 September 2013. On 13 September 2013, Pinto resigned as PGSUK secretary and Carl Richards assumed the role. From 24 July 2013 SDK had requested co-worker John Barnard to be his witness through the grievance process. Again, Nicholson made several attempts to obstruct the grievance process. However, on 20 September 2013 there was a meeting. PGS never provided any investigation report at the meeting. SDK delivered the grievance during the short meeting.

Again, PGS delayed. Nicholson was a named subject of the grievance citing bullying, harassment, and other contractual duty of care breaches (Health and Safety Act 1974), discrimination (Equality Act 2010), based on SDKs nationality protected class. Nicholson continued to be allowed to direct – or obstruct – SDKs legal grievance process. A meeting / hearing was scheduled for 14 October 2013. However, Nicholson – a named perpetrator within the grievance – proffered a settlement agreement 10 October 2013 stop SDKs legally guaranteed grievance process. SDK did not accept the settlement offer, but did decide to seek legal advice and came across Philip Landau. Landau immediately recommended seeking an “enhanced settlement.” Email records show that Landau (and Hobson) were provided with both a summary of the grievance as well as the grievance document with names redacted. Landau never requested a copy of the employment contract, which was predicated on my Tier 2 visa sponsorship and also included reference to the disciplinary and grievance processes contained within the employee Handbook. (This would mean not following the grievance procedures would be a breach of contract.) The grievance hearing occurred on 14 October 2013 by video conference with myself and Barnard in England and Cather’s superior, Per Arild Reksnes, and Nicholson’s superior, Terje Bjolseth both in Norway. No minutes or decision from that meeting was ever provided to SDK. Impatient, on 22 October 2013, SDK officially engaged Landau to represent and advise in the grievance – settlement process. PGS had never provided any Performance Improvement Plan, only the grievance process was officially initiated.

I have signed a settlement agreement, or “NDA”. Can I take my story to the media?

In most cases, no. If you have signed a valid settlement agreement containing a confidentiality clause this would usually be sufficient to stop you from taking a story to the media. It is possible (and likely) that your ex-employer could sue you for breach of contract and significant damages if you did so.

However, as mentioned above, a settlement agreement cannot prevent you from reporting crime to the police, whistleblowing to an appropriate authority (for example a regulator), or reporting anything that had not yet happened at the time you signed the settlement agreement, for example if you have stayed with your employer and the harassment has continued.

If you are concerned about the validity or enforceability of a settlement agreement you have signed, you should seek legal advice before taking any further steps.

LANDAU LAW SOLICITORS

Settlement agreements are not legally effective unless the employee has received independent legal advice about it.

Ben Kelly lawyer DTN PGS Watson Farley Williams

Settlement agreement discussions and section 111A of the ERA 1996

Section 111A of the ERA 1996 provides that offers to end the employment relationship on agreed terms (i.e. under a settlement agreement) can be made on a confidential basis which means that they cannot be used as evidence in an unfair dismissal claim to an employment tribunal.

Claims that relate to an automatically unfair reason for dismissal such as whistleblowing, union membership or asserting a statutory right are not covered by the confidentiality provisions set out in section 111A.

Neither are claims made on grounds other than unfair dismissal, such as claims of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or other behaviour prohibited by the Equality Act 2010, or claims relating to breach of contract or wrongful dismissal.

 Acas Code of Practice on settlement agreements
Brennan Heart & Coone ft. Max P – Fight For Something (Official Videoclip)

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