Conservative party reports itself to ICO after CC'd emails data breach

13/05/2024 | New Statesman

The Conservative party has referred itself to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over an alleged data breach after it revealed hundreds of email addresses in a campaign to drive registrations for its annual conference. On Monday, an email from Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) was CC'd to 344 email addresses. 

Journalist Rachel Cunliffe, associate political editor at the New Statesman, posted on X that she had received an email in which hundreds of email addresses were included. "Did anyone else just get this email, ostensibly from CCHQ, which has CCd rather than BCCd its recipients and thus shared hundreds of personal email addresses?" 

In a related article (main article) Cunliffe wrote for the New Statesman, she legitimately asked, "If you can't trust the Conservatives with your email address, why should you trust them with anything else?"

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