Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator & Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, reflect on the past five years of fundraising and data protection regulation in the charity sector.
It has been more than five years since serious public concerns were raised about how some charities were using the personal data they held about their donors. A lack of adequate fundraising regulation meant that practices of sharing and exchanging donor data had become common.
A review of charitable fundraising regulation followed, which found that the existing regulatory system for the sector needed reform. This review recommended a single, new regulator, and out of this, the Fundraising Regulator was established in 2016 to reverse poor public perceptions of charities and re-establish good relationships with donors.
Meanwhile, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK information rights regulator, fined 13 charities for breaking data protection laws by misusing donors’ personal data in data sharing, data and tele-matching or wealth screening. This shook public trust in charities and was the catalyst for transforming the way that charities interact with donors.
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