Why should I delete my data from my UK political parties?
You should delete your data from British political parties because the data that they store is often much more personal than most of us are comfortable with.
Mainly, because what happens to your data should be up to you.
Personal data that companies typically store:
- Contact details
- Credit and debit card details
- Name and address
- Cookies & IP address
- Tastes and habits
- Economic, social and cultural information
Many political parties go a lot further.
Personal data that both Labour and the Conservatives collect about individuals:
- Employment status
- Presence or absence of children in the household age
- Family structure
- Level of educational achievement
- Onomastic data (looking at names to guess other characteristics) to identify gender
They also collect information by postcode, by household, and by person to better understand and predict voter patterns and interests.
Seem excessive? It is. While collecting so much data may be beneficial to a political party, helping them make operational decisions and target you more effectively, it puts your information at risk and can often feel very invasive.
Political parties can also access the full electoral register and use data brokers
Political parties have a right to access the electoral register (even if you have opted to register anonymously) and use this as a 'spine' that they then attach other personal details to.
Many political parties, including the Conservatives and the Labour party, use data brokers. These brokers collect information about you from your online behaviour, and sell it on. Facebook for example acts as a data broker, passing on detailed information about your interests, personal and family life.
You can stop political parties using your personal data by sending them a deletion request.
A deletion request is a written request that you send to a company asking for them to remove your personal information from their records. It's your right to decide what happens to your data under GDPR law.
How do I tell political parties to delete my personal data?
The easiest way to delete your information is by sending a deletion request through Rightly.
- Get started above to select political parties
- Enter your basic details for identification purposes
- Send your request
They should confirm your data has been deleted within 30 days. Remember, a deletion request demands that they delete all of your data, including your membership details.
Will I still be able to be a member of the political party?
Sending a deletion request to a political party means that they have to delete all of the information that they have about you - including your account, membership history and contact details.
We're currently working on another option, which will allow you to tell political parties to delete all of the extra, marketing-type information they have about you, but to keep the information necessary for you to be a member. If you'd be interested in using this type of request, please contact our support team.
How long until a political party responds to my request?
After the political party has received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, our support team is here to help!
What if they don't reply?
Don't worry, they have to follow your wishes thanks to your ‘right to erasure’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
What if I’m not sure if they have my data?
You can still ask them. If they don’t have it, they have to let you know.
What if I’ve said they can use it in the past?
If you agreed to an organisation using your data but you’ve changed your mind, don’t worry! You can still ask them to delete your data.
We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.
We don't use consumer data for commercial purposes, which means we'll never, ever sell your data. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs.
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