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Data Protection Act 2018- What Does It Mean To You?

In all the hyperbole and misinformation surrounding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in recent weeks, it may have been easy to miss the UK passing its own updated data protection legislation – the imaginatively titled Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act), which helpfully also came into force on 25th May. This replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, which has …

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Facebook and ‘CA’ – not Cambridge Analytica, but Custom Audiences

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you will have noticed that Facebook’s business practices have been coming under the microscope of public scrutiny. It’s been well-known for a long time among the data protection and marketing communities that Facebook operates by harvesting, generating and acquiring large amounts of …

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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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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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Better the devil you know – personal data breach reporting and GDPR

The ICO Annual Report for 2016-17 has been published. Among the findings reported is the number of self-reported data protection incidents, broken down by sector. The headline figures show a 31.5% increase in self-reported incidents – from 1,950 to 2,565 incidents. The key word here: self. Reporting of actual or suspected incidents to the ICO …

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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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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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