Feeds

Labour Party told to stop spam-calls

While Tory MP hunts for missing emails

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The Information Commissioner's Office has told the Labour Party to stop using automated telephone diallers to contact people without their permission.

In 2007 the party used a recorded message from Corrie's Vera Duckworth - or rather Liz Dawn, the actress who played her - to rally voters for the elections.

The ICO received complaints about Vera's marketing calls. It told the Labour Party that the messages were direct marketing and should stop. Organisations should not make such calls without the consent of the person they are phoning.

The Labour Party agreed to stop but in June 2009 the ICO received more complaints, from the SNP and a voter, about the use of the recording in the local and European elections. The Labour Party admitted making calls to 495,000 people. It said it bought the numbers and names from commercially available lists.

The ICO will now serve Labour with an enforcement notice. The Party has 28 days to appeal the ruling. Otherwise it should tread carefully - failure to obey an enforcement notice is a criminal offence.

In other news, the ICO has promised to investigate allegations made by Tory MP Justine Greening that the Department of Transport deleted emails she'd requested about the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

Greening made a Freedom of Information request to the DfT, asking for the information. However, she then noticed strange gaps in the correspondence and email conversations that apparently ended without resolution.

The ICO said it had received Greening's complaint and was talking to the DfT and BAA to get more information.®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom
Six studios sling sueballs at dead download destination
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data
Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.