National politics

Who’s lying now?

The Labour party is desperate to get hold of your e-mail address so that it can spam you mercilessly in the run up to the general election. This is the minisite it produced to exploit the Plebgate affair. As of this week it was taken down as it is clear to most people that it was a large number of policemen that were lying, not Andrew Mitchell.


As I have pointed out before the Labour party is not only being venal but is breaking the law. This line of small print at the bottom of the page is not sufficient for the Information Commissioner.

The Labour Party and its elected representatives may contact you using the information you supply. If you do not wish to be contacted, please write to the Communications Unit at The Labour Party, Labour Central, Kings Manor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6PA.

Guidance from the Information Commissioner says:

Organisations must not make it difficult to opt out, for example by asking customers to complete a form or confirm in writing.
It is good practice to allow the individual to respond directly to the message – in other words, to use the same simple method as required for the soft opt-in. In any event, as soon as a customer has clearly said that they don’t want the texts or emails, the organisation must stop, even if the customer hasn’t used its preferred method of communication.

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