The (verbal) backlash against the loss of data affecting thousands of Labour Party members has been huge – but it is action that is needed.
This Writer has already suggested that a lawsuit is required – and some victims are suggesting that we (This Writer is among those affected) may each claim thousands of pounds in compensation.
But the question is: how do we take this forward?
Some have suggested that a Subject Access Request under General Data Protection Regulations should be made to the Labour Party, along the lines described by Philip Proudfoot:
— Philip Proudfoot 🟨🟥 (@PhilipProudfoot) November 4, 2021
If you want to go that way, then feel free. But I have already been down this route with the Labour Party and, even after calling in the Information Commissioner’s Office – the regulator overseeing data protection in the UK – it took two years to get a reply, and even then it was only partial.
The ICO was toothless because it then told me that if I wanted to take any matter forward, I should do it myself, through the courts, as has also happened to Simon Vessey, here:
This was the last response I got from the ICO in relation to a complaint filed with them in March 2021 about a SAR that Labour rejected as manifestly unfounded without providing a reason as required. They have since missed 4 deadlines to comply. This is an intentional strategy pic.twitter.com/z4WCuo9qDA
— Simon Vessey (@Simon_Vessey) November 4, 2021
So This Writer’s preference is that a large number of those affected should unite and launch legal action within the civil courts.
Already, people are coming up with ideas about how this can be done. I like this:
I've just bought the domain https://t.co/AlSPleYDtW.
Nothing up yet, but can anyone set up and host a quick website to gather names for those that have been affected, and wish to collectively sue Labour?
Please share far and wide, so we can get moving on this#LabourDataBreach
— Tris_Stock (@WPB_Tris) November 4, 2021
And of course the Left Legal Fighting Fund exists, if I recall correctly, to help people with cases like this. If everybody affected got together via this new Labour Data Breach website, and then donated towards a single court action via https://www.fightingfund.org, we might all gain access to a simple – and cheap – way of achieving justice.
It’s also – I believe – the only way we’ll force Labour to explain exactly what has happened.
ADDITIONAL: Another friend has contacted a different law firm for advice and will report back on what they are told:
I've contacted these. I'll let you know how I get on.https://t.co/MO6dtmCYWC
— Lady Blah Blah (@glynbmil) November 5, 2021
And apparently the law firm mentioned in the tweet below is interested in representing people affected by the data breach – among many others, it seems. I would have thought it would be more cost-effective to hire a single firm, collectively.
Apparently a Liverpool law firm, Emerald Law, are up for doing a no win no fee action on the Labour Party data breach for those interested! 🤔
— William Battersby🇮🇪🇵🇸🇨🇺🇾🇪☘️🥀💙🎗️#Think32 (@Battersby1888) November 5, 2021
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