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Slater backs off revealing Labour donor names

"Whaleoil" blogger Cameron Slater now says he does not intend to publish details of Labour Party donors.

Fri, 17 Jun 2011

"Whaleoil" blogger Cameron Slater - now says he does not intend to publish details of Labour Party donors.

A database containing about 18,000 supporters' personal information could be freely downloaded from Labour's website until the problem was fixed over the weekend.

Mr Slater - son of former National Party president and power broker John Slater - obtained a copy of the data and has said he would name supporters on his website.

Today he blogged that he had changed his mind.

"I have decided to with­hold the vast bulk of mate­r­ial that I found, because I absolutely agree that as the law stands, every­day New Zealan­der should be free to con­tribute to polit­i­cal par­ties with­out fear of their name being made public," he said.

Labour deputy leader Annette King yesterday warned against releasing such information.

"He might want to hurt the Labour Party on behalf of the National Party, but it might be wise if he thought about other innocent people who are not expecting to see their personal information out in public," she said.

"I have to say I have no time for his style of politics and the sort of things that he's prepared to do."

Labour accused the National Party of downloading the data from its head office and tipping off Slater, calling it a "politically motivated attack" -- an allegation National has denied.

Slater said people should know about Labour's slack management.

"I thought it impor­tant that New Zealan­ders were made aware of the appalling treat­ment that the Labour Party gave to people’s con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion through their wide open website.

"Google and at least nine other bots (web robots) have archived mate­r­ial on the same open Labour site that has been in the news this past week and my post on how this occurred has gen­er­ated unan­i­mous con­dem­na­tion of Labour among the IT community."

Slater named two donors including a Labour staffer who he has accused of using Par­lia­men­tary resources to do party business. Today he said the staffer had used a Parliamentary funded email address.

Ms King said the party constantly reminded staff to be careful about such matters.

"I don't believe they've used them inappropriately outside the rules, but we will keep a very careful eye on what happened, just as every political party should do," she said.

The Privacy Commissioner has raised concerns about the information and was monitoring the situation while Labour had apologised to affected supporters.

Fri, 17 Jun 2011
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Slater backs off revealing Labour donor names