Joint case filed against IT firm which exposed voter data

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An application for a collective action brought by more than 620 claimants has been filed against C-Planet (IT Solutions) Ltd for breaching data protection laws, over the leak of a voter list which was revealed earlier this year.

The initiative was led by The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation and Repubblika, and the application asks the Civil Courts to quantify and award the damages the claimants have suffered as a result of the breach of their personal data.

The application was signed by lawyers Antonio Ghio, Carl Grech, Deo Falzon, Sarah Cannataci and Michael Zammit Maempel.

The list not only included personal data such as names, addresses and phone numbers, but also included a number indicating who the people concerned were deemed likely to vote for.

It appears to have been compiled for the Labour Party. C-Planet’s owner, Philip Farrugia, had worked with Labour’s One Production, and is also the brother-in-law of Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi.

The leak had been investigated by the police and by the Data Protection Commissioner.