- Category: Election 2012
- Created on Monday, 20 August 2012 17:10
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
The addresses were copied into the ‘cc’ field of a mass mailshot rather than the ‘bcc’ field, which is hidden from other recipients.
The party hoped to turn the blunder to its advantage by revealing the mistake in a blog post, insisting that it was more interested in openness than the danger of negative publicity.
Dirk Poot, who heads the party list for the September 12 election, said: “It’s very stupid and sloppy. It’s a human error and unfortunately it can’t be undone.”
The blog post said the mistake went “directly against our own principles of data security. This should not happen anywhere, and certainly not to the Pirate Party.
“Obviously reporting a data leak risks the public image of the party, but that is of lesser importance. We want to promote openness.”
The party said it would offer all its members an e-mail alias after the election to ensure their real addresses remained anonymous.
The Pirate Party (Piratenpartij) is an offshoot of the movement that began in Sweden and has won seats in regional parliaments in Germany. Some opinion polls have predicted it could gain as many as three seats in the Tweede Kamer.
It wants to reform copyright laws and make downloading for personal use legal, while tightening protection for personal data.