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FPS Goes Live!

This week the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) was launched by the Fundraising Regulator, in response to concerns about charity marketing, which have been raised over the last couple of years and in anticipation of the more stringent controls on the use of personal data that GDPR will bring. The FPS is an online tool that …

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Charities face £25k fines for pestering? Maybe, maybe not…

The frontpage headline of The Daily Telegraph today, 4th July 2017 – “Charities face £25k fines for pestering” – risks bluring some key issues. The Fundraising Regulator is about the launch the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). Rightly they are keen to promote this. But the Fundraising Regulator has no powers to issue fines. That still …

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Updating consent – implications of the Flybe and Honda fines

On 27th March 2017, the ICO issued Monetary Penalty Notices to Honda and Flybe, having determined that their approaches to confirming customers’ contact details and marketing preferences were not compliant with PECR (The Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations 2003). Since these fines were issued, there has been some concern about whether this means that verification …

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What the RSPCA and BHF fines mean for you

We now have the full details of the RSPCA and British Heart Foundation fines. They have promoted the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator to issue a joint alert about compliance with data protection law. The actions you should take now: “Immediately cease any activity without explicit consent described and set out by the ICO …

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First fundraising data protection fines – secrecy and sharing at the heart of poor practice

The ICO has published initial details of the fines handed to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and British Heart Foundation (BHF). The charities’ approach to wealth screening; data / tele-matching and data sharing triggered the fines. The ICO exercised considerable discretion to significantly reducing the fines – in recognition …

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Mum’s the Word this Christmas

Christmas requires many secrets to be kept – including the ultimate secret: who is Father Christmas? A similar attempt at hiding identity caused a recent £70,000 fine for a serious breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations… A company looked to promote after-show parties for the Parklife Weekender music festival held in Manchester this …

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Police want right to see medical records without consent

This interesting article appeared recently (Sunday 10th August 2014). Sir Peter Fahy, the Greater Manchester chief constable, talks about the Police needing new and expanded rights to access medical records and other confidential data without an individual’s consent. At present, the police (like any other agency or body) can request access to someone’s personal information …

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Lincolnshire County Council apologies for email blunder

Lincolnshire County Council has apologised after 4,000 names and email addresses were sent out to the public by mistake. Officials said an email to 250 people about changes to the council’s jobs website included details of those registered with the site Your first reaction might be: so what? Yes, the volume of records is high, …

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