Shadow Health Secretary Breached Data Protection Act

Doh! Just two days into the job and Corbyn’s new Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander has been censured for breaching the Data Protection Act. Heidi was investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office after she was reported by a constituent who is suing her for “harvesting” his email and sending him “spam” messages. The ICO found in his favour:

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Ian Dunmore, the man who reported Heidi, says he was inundated with regular updates of her “brilliant achievements” after he sent her a question via email. Let’s hope she would be less blasé about the private records of NHS patients…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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