Friday, 22 February 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Tory Youth members complain to CCHQ over data sharing scandal.

Robinson camp silent on emailgate

Yesterday tbg reported that some members were up in arms, today tbg has been informed that some Conservative Future members are apparently not at all happy about receiving unsolicited campaign material in their inbox and have taken their case to Conservative Campaign Headquarters.

After news exploded about unsolicited CF campaign emails on Twitter tbg was provided with a link by a CF member to an archived online version of the dodgy email, when we asked to see proof the material exists before any investigation was carried out into the public complaints on Twitter [READ].

tbg can reveal that candidates & members are confused, some angry, as to why they received a Matt Robinson campaign email when they never signed up for one. Some now say they will make official complaints to CCHQ over the issue.

Louisa Townson from UCL Conservatives has gone on record and told tbg - "Personally, I plan on complaining. I see no way Matt Robinson could have my email. I haven't signed up for anything, he hasn't even visited a UCL Tories event yet. Either he got my address through another CFer, which I'm personally uncomfortable with, or this is a CF mailing list violation."

CF'er Samantha Hoy told tbg - "When you look at bottom of email it has option to unsubscribe. When you click it says you have been removed from 'CF members' clearly and obvious breach here! Not impressed."

National Leader hopeful for the Tory Youth Wing Matt Robinson ignored questions on Tory Youth data privacy in his Live Q&A last night, which may make for a bumpy ride at tonight's hustings in Birmingham.


Former UKIP Youth Chairman:

UPDATE 14:54 - OFFICIAL COMPLAINT: Jennifer Salisbury Jones

Subject: Breaches of data protection - mailing lists

To whom it may concern,

I have recently received an email from Matt Robinson, a candidate for CF chair. I have never met Matt, and have certainly never given him my email address (nor to any other member of his campaign).

This is my university address, it is findable online but only if you look very hard, use unusual google operator functions or similar - this would take time, dedication and patience. I do not believe that Matt would have found the email this way (given the number of people emailed it would be an irrational amount of time to spend on one email).

Matt would have no reason to email me specifically as I have been actively and publicly helping the campaign of other candidates - this was a mass email - it used a mailing list.

Kindly look into this blatant breach of the data protection act. Matt's emailing of such a number of members will have given him a significant unfair advantage and such actions should not be tolerated.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Salisbury Jones




Anonymous said...

Ben Howlett has obviously given him the email addresses. This is a HUGE breach of Data Protection. Really looking forward to seeing what happens to Howlett. Sutton? Eastbourne? Torquay? No, no, no.

Anonymous said...

If the anon has any comments on this issue and would like to comment, I would advise them to email The National Executive including myself do not have access to the CF mailing list only CCHQ does. I hope that helps!

Ben Howlett said...

Sorry that last comment was from me! Ben Howlett

Anonymous said...

Louisa needs to get a hobby and get off twitter..

Anonymous said...

Get a life, all of you. Especially you, Jen S-J, you have far too much time on your hands.

Anonymous said...

You're right, how dare a young woman be outraged when a strange man has her personal contact details without her permission... What was she thinking!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Salisbury-Jones has an unbelievably good point.

Anonymous said...

Note that those who are outraged including Jennifer Salisbury-Jones all come from the Cooper camp.

Don't let the smug bastard in and let him ruin it again #SaveCF

Louisa said...

Anon at 2.35 - Since my tweets are protected, you must be a follower. May I suggest that if they're bothering you that you can unfollow me? I promise I wont take offence :p

Anonymous said...

I'm outraged and I hate camping

Anonymous said...

Vote Cooper. After this why ever not?

Anonymous said...

I was going to vote Robinson before because I thought he was a nice guy, but after this, I have to say, I've changed my mind. Voting Cooper after this mess

Anonymous said...

Any delusions of competence Robinson's camp had have been shattered once and for all. What a mess.

Anonymous said...

I think it's rather spurious to say that it is a breach of Data Protection, after all it's not as though Robinson has used publicised or passed the those individuals information to a third party. In many ways it's no different to using the phone book or electoral roll to canvass

Anonymous said...

Giving out or giving access to lists of emails from which people can be identified (I can from the relevant email address) is a breach of the act.

For example, the list has me as a member of the Conservative party - this is sensitive information (whether I chose to reveal it regardless has no effect.

It is also clearly an unfair advantage over other candidates.


Anonymous said...

You've misunderstood the Act Jennifer, seriously it's not a breach. You knowingly gave that information to be used and to be contacted regarding Conservative Party business - which the CF election is! Your membership to a political party is not sensitive information unless it was shared with a third party outside of its it's intended use without your consent - it was not! The Acts intended purpose is to stop personal AND sensitive information being in the public domain - the list which you are name is not public but it's certainly not sensitive! Furthermore I guarantee if I googled your name it wouldn't take me long to get your emal address!

You're just pissed off because you don't want Robinson as CF chair and you got an email from him - I hate to think what you will do in General Election when the LibDem candidate comes to your door and addresses you name! Data protection? No love, electoral roll- has to be sensitive right? I mean it lists where you live!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer is right. Email addresses are covered by the DPA.

CF hold my email address so they can contact me. Robinson is a third-party and shouldn't have access to this database.

When will Matt either confess to misusing Conservative Party databases or say where he got these emails from?

Anonymous said...

@9.39 you are fundamentally wrong.

Robinson should not have access. This was not conservative party business in this context -and Robinson is a third party.

Anonymous said...

We shall see who is wrong when Robinson's name ends up on the ballot paper I think we can then assume there was no wrongdoing.

Anonymous said...

I do love how we are all law experts now...
I do qualify my comments by saying that I am a physics student with a knowledge of the DPA obtained through a thorough google and research earlier in the year for an article relating to the leaking of student society mailing lists. I had the piece checked for accuracy (here if you are really that interested and all seemed happy with our understanding of the DPA. My research at the time was quite thorough but I would hardly claim expertise over a relatively complex legal matter.

p.s. I do consider Robinson to be a "third party" in regards to the data sharing.


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