If you’ve had an email from #Coyne and you’re not in Unite, put a note here

Since the article earlier about the likely DPA breaches involved in Gerard Coyne’s emails to non-Unite members, I’ve had reports from a number of people that they’re in the same boat.


If you’re not a Unite member and you’ve received campaign emails from Coyne, please put a note in the comments – include a mention of your Labour membership or otherwise.

Details will be collated and sent to the Information Commissioner to investigate the breach. Thank you.

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17 responses to “If you’ve had an email from #Coyne and you’re not in Unite, put a note here

  1. I rejoined Labour in support of JC as riposte to Blair/Iraq
    Today I had a message from Unite. See my tweet @welshgoldigger
    I was a member of NASUWT as a teacher for 25 years.
    I have saved the emails and my reply.
    Very worried about information gathering.


  2. I had an email from Coyne a couple weeks ago. I deleted it unfortunately, I thought nothing of it. I’m a Labour member, just renewed, but not a Unite member. I did join Unite briefly last year when it was seen as a way for new members to vote for Corbyn, but withdrew this immediately when that loophole got closed so paid no dues.


  3. I have had 2 emails from Coyne … one a couple of weeks ago and the other yesterday which though deleted can be recovered if you need to see it. I am a new LP member (since July 2016) but not a member of Unite so I did wonder how they got my name/email address.


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  5. I AM a member of Unite but got an email from Coyne asking me to support him and then adding, ‘If you’re not a member of Unite and want to join, click here.’ Funnily enough I got it the same day the Tom Watson/Momentum non-story broke!


  6. Like several others above, I am a member of the LP but have no connection with Unite whatsoever but have received these emails. I have already sent a letter to the ICO with copies of the e-mails. I am a Citizens Advice adviser and have asked ICO if the e-mails breech the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.


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    • Having contacted the Labour Party, I have received a reply to the effect that although there is no evidence that the information emanates from the party he will remind all data holders that they are required to keep members’ details confidential. Two points come to mind: if there is no evidence why is he going to the trouble of ‘reminding’ people and secondly, surely the fact that so many recipients of these emails are Labour Party members represents evidence that someone in the party is the source.

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      • Thanks for the info – it’s not ‘so many’, it’s all, though. It’s not the Labour data controller’s place to decide whether there’s evidence, either – that will be for the ICO. There’ve been rumours for ages of a mutual support deal between Coyne and certain Labour figures. I don’t think it can realistically be asserted that the data aren’t likely to be via a Labour leak, so I fully agree with your ‘why trouble himself’ assessment.


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  9. I’m not a member of Unite and I had an email from Coyne on 16/3/17 asking me to vote for him. I replied asking how they got my email address and have had no reply.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Susan Ram, L1408923
    Like other respondents, I have received two emails from Coyne in the past two weeks. A party member since 2015, I am not a member of UNITE: in fact I’m semi-retired and living in France!


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  12. Sorry, should have said that ‘he’ is John Stolliday, Data Controller of the Labour Party.


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