Consultants, technicians, engineers and entrepreneurs serving the IT industry are among 10,000 or so BNP members whose personal details have been posted online.
Dozens of computer professionals appear on the leaked list, which cites their email and home addresses, named as activists or members of the secretive far-right party. Some gave their qualifications, skills and services, including Web and system design, databasing, modelling, hardware, software and technical help or maintenance.
Like others on the list - teachers, solicitors, a serviceman, a policeman and a “high profile sportsman,” – the techies fear they may lose their jobs or face other reprisals.
Some people on the list, which is accurate up until last year, told reporters they were not members and had been added out of malice by the person who posted it. The BNP said that person’s identity will be the subject of a police enquiry, in order that the party can take legal action against them for breaching its members’ privacy.
Although still circulating online, the list was removed from the blog it was leaked to after protests by BNP leaders, but members are still receiving threatening messages.
The Information Commissioner is expected to contact the BNP for the full facts of the case in the next few days before deciding whether any action will be taken.