Corbyn Blocks Labour Database For Defecting Members
The Labour Party has been dealt a huge blow this week, after several MPs defected from the political party to join The Independent Group. This has not only left Labour in a vulnerable position with a decreasing number of members, but it could also threaten the party if those who leave share its confidential information.
That is why Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has decided to block MPs, as well as local party officials, from being able to access its databases.
According to the Daily Mail, sources have stated that one of the former Labour MPs who has gone on to join The Independent Group has already tried to access the data of its supporters.
However, Chris Leslie, who has become a member of the new defected group, said this was simply a case of Labour “throwing mud” to tarnish The Independent Group’s reputation among the public.
As a result of an ex-Labour MP trying to look at data, Labour quickly blocked its key canvassing software to all those who have resigned in the last few days. These include Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Joan Ryan, Gavin Shuker, Angelia Smith and Chuka Umunna.
It is not just Labour that needs to be concerned about a breach of data confidentiality, as three Conservative members joined the group yesterday (February 20th). Anna Sourbey, Sarah Wollaston, and Heidi Allen have linked with the eight Labour politicians to show their disapproval of the way prime minister Theresa May has handled Brexit.
There could be more MPs, from both the Labour Party and the Conservatives, who defect to the Independent Group over the coming days, as there are just a few weeks to go until the UK is set to leave the European Union (EU). With no exit strategy that has been agreed upon by the government or the EU, the case of a no-deal Brexit is looking more and more likely, causing disgruntlement among MPs, as well as the public.
Those who have left Labour are being forced to hold by-elections in their constituencies to see whether they still garner enough votes to get them into parliament now they are members of The Independent Group. They will then be able to build up their own database of information about supporters, instead of being accused of accessing Labour’s.
This reminds businesses of the importance of keeping their private information protected after employees leave the firm. As well as making sure they use confidential data destruction services to get rid of any hard copies, it is essential they block access to their databases and networks. Otherwise, they could find their confidential details being handed to competitors and used against them.
Many companies might also be concerned about how Brexit will change data protection legislation. GDPR only came into effect last year, obliging businesses across the EU to comply with strict rules regarding data gathering and storing.
However, firms might be confused about whether they will still be bound by GDPR after leaving the EU. This advice from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy might clear up any doubts, ensuring companies do not find themselves guilty of breaching data rules without knowing it.