Monday, 17 April 2017

Big Data in action: eleven charities breach data protection rules

"Eleven charities have been fined by England’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for breaching data protection rules."

"The commission found many of the charities secretly screened millions of donors so they could target them for additional funds."

"It also discovered some traced and targeted new or lapsed donors by tracing information from other sources."

"And some traded personal details with other charities, creating a large pool of donor data for sale..."

"The ICO said that some of the charities had hired companies to profile the wealth of their donors, which was done by investigating their incomes, lifestyles, property values and friendship circles among other means..."

"Major charities including Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, The Royal British Legion and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Macmillan Cancer Support and NSPCC were among those fined a total of £138,000 for `serious breaches of data protection laws`..."

"The Charity Commission said: `The generous British public expect charities to safeguard their data and raise funds responsibly, and in return they donate in their millions`."

"`Sadly in these cases charities have not kept their side of the bargain. We are working with the charities concerned, the Information Commissioner and the Fundraising Regulator to ensure that any necessary remedial action is taken`."


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