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Miliband using his Dad to harvest e-mails

I did not like the Mail story on Ralph Miliband. That said his son is being being entirely cycnical in using the interest that story has received as a tool for harvesting e-mails from the public. Local Labour councillors are joining in like good soliders. Apparently Labour has collected 10,000 e-mails. If you are foolish enough to follow the links above you will get to this webpage:

Miliband using his Dad

Not only is this ploy cynical but Labour is breaking the law. This line at the bottom of this 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.

All you will get for “adding your name” is Labour junk mail.

One reply on “Miliband using his Dad to harvest e-mails”

I wonder if they are automatically collecting your IP address when you connect to the website? Most organisations do this.

MW.

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