Gerard Coyne admits data protection breach on national radio

Gerard Coyne [Image: PA].

Here’s more from Skwawkbox on Unite general secretary candidate Gerard Coyne’s apparent breach of the Data Protection Act, using email lists created for other purposes by the Labour Party.

It seems he has admitted the breach on national radio:

The BBC’s Jon Pienaar, on his Pienaar’s Politics show … asked Coyne about the DPA breach allegations. Coyne almost casually claimed his use of the data had been ‘agreed’:

“In terms of knowing the er, er, arrangement, the use of Labour Party data was something that was agreed, I believe it’s perfectly legitimate and that it was perfectly lawful as well. So it wasn’t a question of it being ‘put a stop to’, it was actually, er, concluded.”

According to the DPA, if you provide your data to an organisation and grant them permission to use it – you give them permission to use it. You emphatically do not – unless you specifically agree otherwise – give them permission to share it with anyone else.

And doing so is a serious offence.

Coyne must know this. Pienaar should have asked about it – probed, like interviewers are supposed to, rather than giving a free pass to a guest to say whatever they like, unchallenged.

The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) will certainly know it. Mr Coyne has just obligingly put himself on their hook like a suicidal fish.

Source: @gerard_coyne admits to DPA breach on live national radio (with audio) | The SKWAWKBOX

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8 thoughts on “Gerard Coyne admits data protection breach on national radio

  1. aunty1960

    WELL DONE! same bloody tricks as Owen. Think we wont notice and that we are all THICK!

    That is what gets to me, the Labour Party and their NEC and advisers really do believe we are all thick plebs, to be ruled, run and manipulated and tricked.


    A million years and miles off that happening.

    INTEGRITY IS ALL. that is very important to me.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      NO – not “the Labour Party”, just a few malcontents within the party who need to be rooted out.
      You tarnish the names of hundreds of thousands of good people by associating them with these creatures.
      You would not be voting for those people if you voted Labour. Mr Coyne is not a Labour candidate, for example. Iain McNichol is not a Labour Party candidate. Tom Watson is – but it seems unlikely he’ll get much support from the party in the future.
      If you voted Labour, you would be voting for people who uphold Labour values – now more than at any time in the last 20 years.
      But for some strange reason, you want to deny that, and are actively campaigning to put people off doing it.
      Do you want Tories in power for the rest of all our lives?

  2. Dez

    Not a very bright spark…..should learn from the Tories and just lie and blagg it. Not good that Labour had given away personal information I thought they were trying to clean up their act.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Not Labour – malcontents within the party structure. They should be rooted out and expelled.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It seems to mean certain people within the Labour party structure got their hands on the data and handed it over to him, yes.
      It is doubtful that this happened with the official blessing of the party, as it is against the law.
      So please don’t suggest it was “Labour officialdom”.

  3. David Woods

    Well the ICO ‘should’ be able to root out all the ‘names’ involved (if they investigate); but wouldn’t be at all surprised to find it pinned on a ‘junior’ clerk or a ‘work experience’ placement!

    But it is looking like no current political party can be trusted to run this country!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Labour. Seriously.
      It may be “looking like” they can’t, but that’s just right-wing media spin and backstabbing by the usual suspects in the PLP.

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