It’s time for people hit by the #LabourDataBreach to unite and demand answers

For the many? HOW many Labour Party members, ex-members, and even non-members have been affected by the massive data breach that happened at the end of October, of which the party only informed us a week later?

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:

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:

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:

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, 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:

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.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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5 thoughts on “It’s time for people hit by the #LabourDataBreach to unite and demand answers

  1. Grey Swans

    There is no need for a lawsuit.

    Labour party has broken, being as the outsourced firm acted only as agent of the Labour party, in breaching data protection law, because they had no right to keep the email addresses of non-members.

    What other personal information is still on the Labour party database of non-members?

    So it is not the hacker, but the Labour party that is at greater fault.

    Because the general public has had their data protection law breached directly by the Labour party, and we would assume that General Secretary and Labour Leader are both the responsible officers, as bosses.

  2. Debbie Wiles

    I just tried going to to see if I could add my name yet, and got the error that it no longer exists 🙁

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It might not exist YET. I’ll do an update soon and see where everybody involved has got to.

  3. mohandeer

    I left the Labour Party over 18 months ago and have received a letter telling me about the data breach.
    I sent a letter of complaint asking them why they had the information in the first place and that they were responsible for the privacy of my data and therefore culpable for what has happened.
    Needless to say, I have not received a reply.

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