"We will only use the information you provide us for this purpose, and,
unless you ask us not to, to write to you a maximum of two times about the
issues raised in the petition."
Well that's reassuring isn't it? If I were being flippant I might say that this depended on which of the two Downing Street email systems the addresses are being stored on. I suspect that Downing Street has now collected an email database of around 3 million people - a very powerful electoral tool. It would be interesting to know what safeguards have been put in place to protect tje integrity of that database and how many emails have been sent out by Downing Street in response to petitioners (other than automated responses). I feel an FOI coming on.
UPDATE: A reader tells me that of the 346 e-petitions that have now “closed”, No 10 has given responses (ie an actual non-automated response) to 48 of them. These 48 petitions got 40238 signatures. Of course some people might have signed more than one.