A Politics.ie thread I started on the wider subject but has anyone noticed the product made by enterprising Fianna Fail councillor Brendan Finucane from Cork Brendan Finucane, Local Area Rep | Fianna Fáil
Vconnecta Mobile Ecanvasser.
he has been working on it at UCC tech incubator for a couple of years and has launched the app recently
Ecanvasser explained basic area segmentation
He's obviously hoping to replicate a part of the Amercan Democratic Party success in a managing canvassing campaign digitally ( the other part being the MyObama type social network/email tracking campaign )
Of course he's excited about the being able to manage political campaigns, and hold information on people, I'm interested in will this make it easier for us to request and find out how much information political parties hold on us.
He's obviously looking to sell it any party that wants it but could this give a head start to FF renewal
Political Parties are exempt from some of the Data protection act.
Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003: Informal Consolidation
1.-(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"direct marketing" includes direct mailing other than direct mailing carried out in the course of political activities by a political party or its members, or a body established by or under statute or a candidate for election to, or a holder of, elective political office;
2B- (1) Sensitive personal data shall not be processed by a data controller unless
(x) the processing is carried out by political parties, or candidates for election to, or holders
of, elective political office in the course of electoral activities for the purpose of compiling
data on people's political opinions and complies with such requirements (if any) as may be
prescribed for the purpose of safeguarding the fundamental rights and freedoms of data
6A. Right of data subject to object to processing likely to cause damage or distress
6A - (1) Subject to subsection (3) and unless otherwise provided by any enactment, an indi-vidual is entitled at any time, by notice in writing served on a data controller, to request him or her to cease within a reasonable time, or not to begin, processing or processing for a specified purpose or in a manner specified by the individual any personal data in respect of which he or she is the data subject if the processing falls within subsection (2) of this section, on the ground that, for specific reasons-
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply-
(c) to processing carried out by political parties, or candidates for election to, or holders of
elective political office, in the course of electoral activities, or
Vconnecta say they are Data processors not Data Controllers.
Ecanvasser in the 2014 local elections: some key stats | Vconnecta Blog
In total, we now have over one million constituents registered on our system. Based on the last (2012) census population statistics which placed the population at 4.589 million, this means that 22%, or slightly over one in five Irish citizens, is attached to a canvasser account on our system as a registered occupant.
but will anyone admit to using, non-one has so far...?
Another popular e-campaigning product from America is Nationbuilder, examples of Nationbulder being used in Ireland,
Jack chambers Fianna Fail Castleknock Fingal. (only exmaple I could find of someone using a campaigning website like this but he hasn't de-Americanised it entirely).
Paul Murphy/Socialist Party for scambridge site
Activists boast but then clam up.
One time a political activist boasted here about the amount of information that the party held on people they canvassed, I queried his boast and he clamed up, I've never been canvassed personally at my home, but if anyone has you should be able to request what information they hold on you under data protection laws.
I noted a councillor talking about looking through the marked register ( the register of electors with the names of those who voted marked ) for the recent local elections, she says she found a person who she knows is dead voted and found another who voted twice at a new and old address, to me this seems like some evidence of electoral fraud that she should give to the Gardai to investigate further?
am I right is this the right course of action one should take if you find suspicious stuff in the marked register, you wouldn't just boast about it on twitter?
Guidance to Political Parties on Electronic Direct Marketing in upcoming Elections
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has this week written to all political parties reminding them of the restrictions on Electronic Direct Marketing in the upcoming European and Local Elections.reminding them not to use list of contacts they got from other sources like sports club text lists etc, I wonder did they punish anyone for doing this last time.