European Data Protection Digest

Parties Could Be in Breach of DPA

DATA LOSS—UK

May 7, 2010

Political parties have been encouraging voters to send their postal vote application forms to local political offices instead of town halls, The Times reports, and those actions could be in violation of the Data Protection Act. Election officials have said the practice is open to abuse because the forms include voter signatures and dates of birth. If political parties copy any information from the forms or store the data, they could be in violation of the Data Protection Act, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned. An ICO spokesman said voters may be unaware of how their information could be used if submitted to the local party office.
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