From the ICO:
The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined eleven charities that breached the Data Protection Act by misusing donors’ personal data.
ICO investigations found many of the charities secretly screened millions of donors so they could target them for additional funds. Some charities traced and targeted new or lapsed donors by piecing together personal information obtained from other sources. And some traded personal details with other charities creating a large pool of donor data for sale.
The action follows penalties issued to two charities in December 2016.
The charities fined were:
- The International Fund for Animal Welfare – £18,000
- Cancer Support UK (formerly Cancer Recovery Foundation UK) – £16,000
- Cancer Research UK – £16,000
- The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – £15,000
- Macmillan Cancer Support – £14,000
- The Royal British Legion – £12,000
- The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – £12,000
- Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity – £11,000
- WWF-UK – £9,000
- Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home – £9,000
- Oxfam – £6,000