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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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A Wealth of Data – Using Public Information

The latest investigation by the Daily Mail into the use of publicly-available personal information has hit the headlines. This time, the activities of university alumni and development teams is under the spotlight. Sadly, it’s the same mixture of issues first aired into the conduct of charities back in late 2016. The article has the same, …

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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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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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Are you the BBB (Blagger’s Best Buddy)?

Companies, private detectives, estranged relatives, nosey neighbours – all may wish to know something about someone else; all may, at some point, want access to the personal information of others. This might be legitimate…and the release of information justified. However, sometimes the desire to learn more about someone else is not justified and must be …

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