The Green Party’s Campaign Organiser has apologised after a “deeply regrettable” data breach that affected what he claims was “a small fraction” of supporters.
However, it is understood that around 100 people were affected and one called it a ‘serious mis-step’ that should be taken seriously.
The Green Party issued a statement after an incident that saw private email addresses shared with others receiving party news, in an email attributed to the party’s Isle of Wight parliamentary candidate.
However, Campaigner Organiser Nuri Syed Corser said the mistake was not made by Vix Lowthion:
“We have investigated what happened and a small fraction of our supporters received an email which included addresses other than their own. No names or other information were disclosed. This was a deeply regrettable oversight on our part. We have been in touch with those affected to apologise unreservedly. It’s vital we protect our supporters’ privacy and treat their personal data with the utmost care.
“The email wasn’t actually sent by Vix, and it wasn’t her mistake. It was sent out from the party’s mailing system by another member of the campaign team.
“This is the first time we’ve made this kind of mistake – and we’re going to make absolutely sure it’s the last time too. The normal procedures were not followed properly this time. We will ensure that doesn’t happen again.”
There are requirements that must be met by political parties, set by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The organisation did not divulge whether a complaint had been made, but a spokesperson for the Information Commissioner’s Office said:
“As a public body the ICO has to consider its responsibilities during the pre-election period. Our regulatory work continues as usual but we will not be commenting publicly on every issue raised during the General Election.
“We will however, be closely monitoring how personal data is being used during political campaigning and making sure that all parties and campaigns are aware of their responsibility under data protection and direct marketing laws.”
Isle of Wight Radio has contacted Vix Lowthion for a comment.
The Isle of Wight has six candidates standing on 12 December. Find all their details at iwradio.co.uk/vote2019.