Labour voting-intentions data can’t help harvesters because it’s probably changed now

Oh dear. It seems a Labour Party system for storing people’s voting intentions may have been compromised by people who may want to use it for mischief.

I write “may” for a good reason.

Here’s the story:

The voting intentions of millions of Britons in local authority wards across the country could have been at risk of misuse as a result of a glitch in the Labour party’s main phone-banking system, the Guardian understands.

Experts had warned that the sensitive data could potentially have been harvested via an automated program and used for targeted election interference by campaign groups or even hostile states.

More than half a million Labour party members have access to the Dialogue system, used by activists to make calls to the public for a variety of reasons, including to ascertain how they are planning to vote.

However, within just a few clicks, the glitch meant that they could also access sensitive information including postcodes, which – when combined with voting intentions – would potentially have allowed them to generate a list of millions of people across Britain.

I wonder how much use it will be.

Depending on when the information was received, and bearing in mind the way the current Labour leadership has behaved, it is entirely possible that a lot of people who said they’d vote Labour have changed their minds.

Similarly, people who said they’d vote for the Tories may also have changed their minds and opted for Keir Starmer’s slightly-less-right-wing party.

And I remember from my time on Labour’s phone banks that a few people said they’d vote one way, and then didn’t.

In fact, I don’t think any of that information can be trusted. Could it ever?

Source: Labour glitch put voting intentions data of millions at risk | Labour | The Guardian

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