Privacy watchdog announces intention to fine 11 charities

Written by Matt Ritchie

The Information Commissioner’s Office has told 11 charities it intends to fine them for Data Protection Act breaches.

The charities will be given 28 days to respond to the ICO’s findings, the watchdog said. The ICO will consider representations made by each charity before making a final decision about enforcement action.

Charities will only be named at the end of the investigation process if enforcement action is taken, the ICO said.

The charities were investigated by the ICO as part of a wider operation after media reports about repeated and significant pressure on supporters to contribute.

The ICO can take action to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. This includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement and audit. The ICO can impose a monetary penalty on a data controller of up to £500,000.

The ICO has already fined the RSPCA and the British Heart Foundation, and there are no other outstanding investigations into charities as part of that operation.

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