Is the Campbell Live GCSB Poll a piss-take or what?

One of our readers pointed me at this web page at Troll Campbell’s place because apparently they are running a poll on the GCSB.  He thought that we might participate to ensure our voice is added to the final result.

However, as soon as I saw it, I wasn’t sure if they were being serious or not.  Have a look

Campbell Live GCSB satire poll

Campbell Live GCSB satire poll

Surely this is satire?

A poll about capturing the personal information of people without them knowing what it will be used for, and here they want your name, physical address and email?

“This information is private and will NOT  be linked to you personally”.

What does that even mean?

In good faith I can’t ask anyone to fill in this “survey”.


One of my favourite saying is “never attribute to malice that which is explained by stupidity”, and on that basis, this is just a monumental cockup.

The capturing of personal information without a clear statement how exactly it will be stored, used and destroyed (these are the principles of our Privacy Act 2003) isn’t very clever at the best of times.


But to do so as part of a GCSB spying poll?

Are they having a laugh here?  Is this some marketing genius trying to get a mailing/marketing list going?

Where will this personal information end up, and how will it be used?



I’m gobsmacked.  What do you think about this?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.