Guidance

Changes to the ICO Subject Access Code of Practice

The right of an individual to be told whether an organisation is processing their personal data and be given access to that data (“subject access”) is a significant one in data protection law, and was the most common type of concern reported to the ICO in 2016/17. Following the resolution of the legal cases dealing …

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Fundraising Factsheet: Consent, confusion and clarity

Those attending Fundraising Week recently could be forgiven for scratching their heads and leaving none the wiser about the future of fundraising. Rob Wilson MP, the Minister for Civil Society, called on charities to prepare for ‘opt-in’ for fundraising – noting that the focus should be less on the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) and more …

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Do you agree? Getting consent projects right

With new guidance from the Fundraising Regulator and ICO, and the GDPR now almost visible on the horizon, many organisations are feeling the need to take action about consent. This is understandable; if you send campaigning, fundraising or awareness raising materials (i.e. send Direct Marketing) to donors, supporters or volunteers via electronic channels you need …

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Fifty Shades of Screening – Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance

The ICO’s new guidance addresses key questions that remained unanswered following the RSPCA and BHF fines: Do you need consent to undertake wealth screening? Is it compliant to use publicly available personal information for fundraising purposes? First, this is a complicated area of law…so don’t believe everything you read: the Data Protection Act (DPA) is …

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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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IRMS 3rd Sector Records Retention Toolkit launched

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 saw the launch of the first IRMS Records Retention Toolkit for the charity sector. A healthy mix of charities, Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) representatives and business service providers attended the launch. Gary Shipsey, Managing Director of Protecture and Group Chair of the IRMS 3rd Sector Group, has been working with …

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To BCC or not to BCC

The recent – and well publicised – data breach by the 56 Dean Street clinic in London raised a number of interesting data protection issues. The well-rehearsed line of “it was human error” was put forward to explain the breach…but who committed the error: the person who pressed ‘send’…or the senior management who appear to …

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