Political parties violated data protection laws in campaigns
Several different political parties were warned about violating data protection laws during the recent parliamentary campaign.
The data commissioner, Adrian Lobsiger, says he had to issue a series of warnings ahead of polling day.
Speaking to the NZZ newspaper yesterday, the commissioner says only a few parties followed the law all the way through the campaign period.
But there wasn’t a serious breach. Lobisger says during a referendum campaign last year, one party sent campaign messages to mobile phone numbers which had been harvested by a call for people to send in their friends’ numbers – a highly illegal move.
He says if he hadn’t taken firm action then, the practice could have been repeated for the latest campaign.