McNicol’s new DPA guide shows Lab HQ can’t legally use social media to suspend


There was outrage last year among Labour members and supporters when Labour HQ trawled – by its own admission – through members’ social media feeds looking for reasons to suspend and in some cases even expel members.

Much of the outrage was driven by the fact that only pro-Corbyn members seemed to incur any action – and fuelled by the fact that members considered this behaviour a breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA), since they had not given Labour’s bureaucracy permission to use their data in any such way.

And a court upheld that opinion:

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 20.59.12.pngNow Labour General Secretary Ian McNicol has issued new guidance to Labour staff on their obligations under the DPA, severely limiting their future behaviour.

That guidance is below as a series of images, but it relates to data that is perceived under law as private – social media posts.

While these may be of…

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