Whaleleaks – What does Phil's email tell us

WhaleleaksThe email from Phil Goff to NZEI and other harvested email addresses tells us a great deal. You do have to know what you are looking at though.

We know that the server that their system is stored on and the server that their CRM system uses to process transaction including the mass emailing of people is funded by parliamentary services. Two of the sites on the server are funded and identified as such.

Therefore the email from Phil Goff, apart from being sent to people illegally because their email addresses were harvested illegally by Labour also breaches parliamentary services regulations as well as electoral law.

It breaches parliamentary services funding rules – because it solicits a donation. So therefore, it should technically have a promoter statement too – because there’s no way it is Parliamentary business.

In not having a promotor statement it also breaches electoral law.

Both Parliamentary Services and the Electoral Commission should be investigating Labour. It is apparent that they are blatantly blurring the lines between genuine constituency work that parliamentary services can and does fund and outright electioneering. Labour has consistently shown that they will not and do not use promoter statements and that they are using parliamentary services as their private campaign fund.

What is more concerning though is that the email details obtained from the server show that Labour is using the same sort of technology that has got Blue State Digital, Labour’s American black ops advisors, in big trouble around the world.

The data clearly shows:

Stop asset sales email 1
Deliv­ery Sum­mary
Intended Recip­i­ents 6190
Suc­ces­ful Deliv­er­ies 6190 (100.00%)
For­wards 0
Replies 0
Bounces 0 (0.00%)
Unsub­scribe Requests 19 (0.31%)
Sched­uled Date April 8th, 2011 2:41 PM
Sta­tus Com­plete
Start Date April 8th, 2011 2:44 PM
End Date April 8th, 2011 5:35 PM

That shows that, just like Blue State Digital does, Labour is tracking your emails. They are recording forwards, replies and bounces. If you get an email from Labour you are being tracked.

I blogged in January about this, asking if it was possible that Labour was following their American black ops advisors lead and now I have the proof that they are. The tactics are identical and it looks like the tracking codes are too.

Blue State Dig­i­tal (BSD), which used the lat­est inter­net tech­nol­ogy to mobilise mil­lions of peo­ple behind Obama, has been employed to help cre­ate a grass­roots net­work across theUK as part of the cam­paign to stop the BNP leader, Nick Grif­fin, becom­ing the far-right party’s first MEP.

The firm began work last week and has already signed up thou­sands of sup­port­ers and donors. As part of the first stage of its cam­paign BSD and an anti-fascist mag­a­zine, Search­light, has sent thou­sands of emails ask­ing each recip­i­ents to for­ward it to five friendsand make a small dona­tion. The soft­ware means cam­paign­ers can then track who opens the emails, where they are sent and what hap­pens when they arrive at the other end — tai­lor­ing future emails to groups and individuals

Be very wary now if you receive an email from Labour. There is a high chance it contains tracking code, a high chance that they harvested your email illegally.

This is turning into, to quote David Farrar, a clusterf*ck for Labour. Their server was wide open to the world, then they blamed hacking or malicious intent for the acces when the evidence proved it was their ineptitude. They followed up that fiasco by blustering and lamely threatening a blogger about their data. Then it turns out that Labour are asking me to delete personal information that they weren’t entitled to hold in the first place. Personal information, that I might just add here includes DoB information that they illegally obtained from the NZEI.

Can it get any worse for them? …well… yes it can. There is plenty more to come.


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  • thor42

    Where the heck is Goof anyway? Does he only come out of his coffin when it’s a full moon?

    • whafe

      I think Goofy Goff will be trying to hatch a plan, well in fact the whole Labour kit n kaboodle will be.

      But each day more is coming out (good job on this Cam), so they dont quite know where they need to intervene with some lies to try and cover up this….

      The steamy brown stuff just isn’t cooling down, it will combust on it’s own soon.

  • We have all these laws, but there is little enforcement. And if there is enforcement it isn’t timely. And even then there are very few actual repercussions.

    I don’t see much change ahead.

    Whale, what would be interesting is a post on how to ensure that any such email tracking tech is blocked. Or, more in your style, how it can be poisoned with incorrect data so as to render the results useless.

  • jords

    Sorry whale, but you have some errors here. The forwards, replies, and bounces lines on that report are there by default from civcrm. Civicrm does include mail tracking functionality (tracked opens, tracked link clicks, bounce tracking) however these have to be turned on and setup and judging by the fact that they are all showing as 0 this probably hasn’t been setup.

    Personally I don’t think these tracking things are a big deal – they are all standard practice. Bounce tracking in particular is very important in order to maintain the quality of your email list.

    • Good to know that Labour are too stupid to have turned those on.

      Thanks for clarifying it, but it also shows they have the capability and that they could have used that on these emails that they did not have permission to use.

      • jords

        Yeah well obviously misappropriating emails and other information is the big issue here. The setup process for the bounce tracking can be a little complicated depending on your mail setup but certainly is worth doing.

        I also am not sure this has much to do with blue state – surely if they were involved they would have got labour to set all this up? But then with the great technical skill the labour IT team has demonstrated recently they might still be trying to figure out how…

  • kehua

    Dob them in to the Feds Cam.