Did George Galloway process special categories of data in by-election?

01/03/2024 | Information rights and wrongs

Data protection specialist Jon Baines has raised concerns about how candidate George Galloway identified which electors to send letters to during the Rochdale by-election on 29 February. According to the blog, Mr Galloway appears to have sent different canvassing information to different electors with the aim of appealing to Muslim voters on certain topics. While this is not inherently problematic, Mr Baines notes that there are two possibilities for how Mr Galloway identified these voters: identifying specific roads with Muslim residents or inferring ethnicity and religion from names on the electoral register. The latter would involve processing special categories of personal data and profiling.

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