Party continues to ignore demand by members’ and ex-members’ lawyers for information relating to breach
The Labour party is flouting the legal rules of lawsuits as the party’s arrogant handling of its massive breach of members’ and ex-members’ data continues, according to lawyers acting for people affected by loss of data to criminals.
A letter sent by lawyers to their clients informs them of Labour’s stubborn refusal to comply with its legal obligations:
As a result, the lawyers say they have been forced to ask the High Court to force the party regime to do what it is legally required to do. Its refusal to comply with pre-action protocols can be taken into account by the court to increase any award against Labour for its repeated failure to protect the data of members, along with data of ex-members that it should not even have been holding.
In addition to costs and damages of the lawsuit, Labour – already in a financial crisis – could face a fine of around £17 million imposed by the Information Commissioner (ICO) for the breach, particularly as the data it outsourced to the company that was hacked included data of former members. The party has already been found by the ICO to be breaching its legal obligations in regard to ‘subject access requests’ from people affected by the breach.
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