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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