Information Commissioner upholds complaint over Tony Blair’s activities

During the general election campaign I highlighted how TonyBlair4Labour, the official vehicle for Tony Blair’s campaigning on behalf of the Labour Party, looked to be illegally exporting data overseas.

The Information Commission has now (finally) ruled on my complaint, agreeing that the organisation had indeed failed to follow data protection rules properly and is now writing to instruct that this is fixed. As with my complaint about Unite breaking data protection rules during the election (also upheld), the Information Commissioner only took action after the election was over – hardly ideal as in both cases it was an issue of how data was being gathered which was being put to use for the election itself.

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  • I looked into the rules about being sent unsolicited email after receiving such an email from a group I dislike intensely; that was on the Information Commissioner’s site. It was very disappointing and just said that I should ask not to be sent anything in the future. This body needs the power and appetite to punish those who ride roughshod over our data; right now, as far I can tell, it has neither.

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