Labour apologises over data breach

The Labour Party has apologised to donors, after a right-wing blogger said he would release their personal details following what the party called a malicious breach of its website.

In an email sent to donors yesterday, party secretary Chris Flatt said an investigation was launched after the discovery of a possible breach of the online donation system.

Details taken included names, email addresses, and amounts of dona­tions and mem­ber­ship fees.

Mr Flatt said the system had been secured to ensure a breach could not recur, and there would be an inde­pen­dent secu­rity review.

Blogger Cameron Slater said he had the data and had done nothing illegal to obtain it.

He said the Labour Party had raised $11,831.50 online, and he would release names of donors this afternoon.

He also published on his blog an email purportedly from Mr Flatt, urging Mr Slater not to release personal details online, citing a potential breach of the Privacy Act.

Labour Party officials did not immediately return NZPA's calls for comment.

Political commentator Matthew Hooten said on Radio New Zealand that there should be a police investigation to see whether there had been any breach of the law.


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This slater guy needs a kick in the butt - he seems to be an attention seeking moron who is determined to get his 15 minutes of fame.. if he had a clear cause and perhaps even a rationale for his dodgy antics I might understand - perhaps some jail time and a big fat hairy tatooed cellmate might fix him

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Maybe is was the same person responsible who hacked into Brash's emails?

One thing for certain - why is Labour not ensuring it meets with the Privacy Act responsibilities- rather than rely on it's negligence and slack security / apathy / concern for private information? If this was a commercial business and private details hacked into - they would be screaming blue murder and all kinds of financial remedies for appeasement and restitution.

Surely the Labour Party are in breach of a number of laws now as a result of this - so like employers who also find themselves innocently on the other side of breach of law - no excuse! Fine the Labour Party for their ineptitude and lack of security resulting in this situation... and fine them the full extent of the law.

Throw in further fines for the delay in paying back the tax payer the $900K they attempted to steal from us at last election - where they needed to retrospectively change the law so as to aviod prosecuting itself over the "misuse" of taxpayer funds.(Hasd it been paid back yet??)

Ignorance is no defence. The law is the law - throw the book at them. Fine them all individually and collectively - starting with Little and Goof and all the Labour heirachy.

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Cameron Slater is an idiot but all he is endeavouring to highlight is how poor Labour were in protecting this information.

He is an idiot, but evidently smarter than Labour.

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why didnt he just say that "labours databases are insecure" hacking them to prove his point is a truly moronic thing to do.. idiots like him give us kiwis a bad name

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Apparently Slater didn't hack into them at all. They were there for all and sundry to access.

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Why is it ok for Green and labour party tossers to hack into National Party emails but not for supporters of the National party to take free advantage of incompetent computer users at the labour office to get their information? Perhaps labour needs to remember it was the "knowledge wave" party. Not a surprise now why it failed. They havent got a clue about technical knowledge.

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yes maybe they were there for all and sundry to access but he didnt need to harvest the information and make a dick of himself in the process - wouldnt it have been far more prudent for him to go to the NBR and say hey that labbour database is vulnerable.. it still would've got the attention seeking little fatty some media coverage

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Labour have a lot more than that to apologize for. Nobody is really interested in the simpletons who might have donated a pittance to the gaggle of gays/self serving unionsists.

What about the damage Cullens and Clark did over those years?

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Regardless of which party is right or wrong, both labour and national have behaved in a manner that suggests neither are fit to govern nz... slater is simply benearh contempt as a national party patsy.... perhsps both parties should be heavily fined and made to apologise publicly for behaving like a bunch of spoilt infant brats

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Can you edit that headline? There was no breach. No hacking. It was there for anyone to see. Labour will be the one legally held responsible.

Another own goal Labour. Well done.

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