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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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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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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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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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Free Data Protection Policy Review

Protecture are offering to review your data protection policies – for free. Managing data protection risk is fast becoming essential – especially for organisations handling personal information on a daily basis. Commissioning bodies, the media and service users are keenly aware of security breaches – meaning your reputation can quickly be harmed through poor or …

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Data protection beats cost cutting as top IT priority for 2014

A new reader survey by V3, the IT professional news website, highlights that Data Protection is the biggest priority for IT professionals in 2014. Data Protection was given higher priority than reducing IT costs, and the same priority as the (related) topic of backup processes to protect data. This raised two important issues: 1. The …

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Should I disclose personal information? Part 2: Reviewing personal information

You have correctly identified a request for personal information and located what is being sought….you might have used our free Request Handling Chart to help… Reviewing the personal information is the critical next step before you respond to the request. The review process is critical. For Subject Access Requests, your starting position is that the …

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