Okay, so it’s illegal. It’s leading to people having their privacy invaded.
I’m talking, of course, about the leaking of the personal details (including home addresses as well as hobbies) of members of the white supremacist British National Party.
But putting people’s personal details online – this is the kind of thing fascists do, isn’t it?
Well, a former employee of the BNP (and so, one assumes, a racist sympathiser) is said to have uploaded the information.
As Jeremy Dear, the general secretary of the journalists’ union, blogs:
I’ve had neo-nazis threaten me at home, publish my details on Redwatch, the right-wing website designed to target and intimidate journalists and trade unionists, and was once physically assaulted by them and had to go to hospital. The BNP have staged demonstrations outside the NUJ’s head office and have issued threats to dozens of our members – particularly in Yorkshire. How sickening to hear Nick Griffin on Five Live this morning say he would use the Human Rights Act against to protect privacy when he stands for abolishing the act.
The fascists have also taken the opportunity to do some Muslim-bashing while they are busy insisting that they are being victimised.
If nothing else good comes of this exposure, perhaps it will help a few racists understand what it’s like being bullied – some might even empathise with ethnic minorities facing abuse and discrimination.