Major leak of NZ First membership database exposes personal details
A massive leak of NZ First members’ personal details has been sent to news media in a major privacy breach.
The databases sent include the names, occupation, phone numbers, addresses, and paid membership status of more than a thousand people affiliated with the political party – including Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his partner Jan Trotman.
The information was sent along with a bundle of other documents in an email to Stuff, several other media outlets, and MPs Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett, and David Seymour.
The leak is the latest in an ongoing saga challenging the unified appearance of a party known for strong leadership from Peters.
Last week, NZ First president Lester Gray resigned for “moral” reasons, saying he refused to sign off financial reports due to being kept in the dark on the party’s expenditure and donations.
A leak followed, featuring complaints about how the party had conducted internal selection for election contenders.
A spokesman for the party said Peters “has no comment to make about this or any other matter associated with leaked historic party material”.
The latest anonymous leak features a proposed 2017 election hoarding, claimed to have been dismissed by party members and candidates for its racist implications. The hoarding design says: “It’s about you, not them”.
The 799 members listed in the undated Auckland membership database leak records details of paying members from as recent as 2016. Fewer than half, 351, were paying members as 448 were due to renew their membership.
Another list of more than 80 Auckland central members, and a database of 225 volunteers from across the country were also included in the leak.
The databases take the form of unencrypted excel spreadsheets with data on residential addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, and when the member last paid party dues.
One Auckland NZ First member whose details were on the list told Stuff he was hugely surprised and disappointed that the information was so carelessly stored as to be leakable.
“If I had known that it wasn’t encrypted then I probably wouldn’t have signed up in the first place,” he said.
The man, who Stuff agreed not to name, had not donated or been a member for four years and was “quite surprised to hear that my information is still floating around out there”.
“It’s a huge disappointment, a huge blow. And going forward I wouldn’t be singing up to be a member any time soon, that’s for sure.”
Another Auckland member, who Stuff agreed not to name, said it was a “huge breach of trust” and was deeply concerned the details were made publicly available.
“From a party like this I would’ve expected a great level of security.”
He said the breach would affect his future support of NZ First.
Sounds to me like the wheels are falling off the creaky old wagon. One wonders who and why these details were leaked. I might have to review my prediction of the next election, and bring it forward 6 months
Liarbour are just holding their heads above the cesspit that is their natural home, while the toxic commo greens are well and truly under the same cesspit.