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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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Taking the ‘Con’ out of ‘Consent’

Taking the ‘Con’ out of ‘Consent’ In many ways, the GDPR is not very different to the Data Protection Act. This is true for the requirement to justify which of the six lawful “basis for processing” you are relying on to legitimise the processing (activity) in question. Some have been, and remain clear: in life …

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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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“We’ve always done it this way” – What the future of fundraising is not

At the unprecedented gathering in Manchester, the Fundraising Regulator launched their long-awaited guidance – and the ICO made clear that charities are at a crossroads when it comes to using personal information for their fundraising, promotional and campaigning activities. There were a number of key messages worth noting from the ICO’s keynote speech: “We’ve always …

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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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