As the SKWAWKBOX revealed this morning, a highly-qualified barrister has issued a legal opinion that the provision of Labour members’ data to Gerard Coyne‘s campaign constitutes a likely criminal breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) that could render the individuals responsible and the Unite union liable for unlimited fines, as well as to potentially thousands of lawsuits from affected Labour members.
Of course, the breach is not just a Unite/Coyne matter. Individuals within the Labour Party passed members’ data to Coyne or his team and the same principle applies – those individuals and Labour could be liable to the same penalties.
But the ramifications within the Labour Party are not limited to criminal sanctions.
Has Labour’s right-wing faction sawn off the branch it’s sitting on?
Here’s what barrister Duncan Shipley-Dalton said about Labour’s position:
With regard to whether liability would sit with the individuals or with the party…
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