Cancer Research UK has become the latest major charity to decline to comment on whether it is one of the organisations to have been contacted by the Information Commissioner’s Office about possible fines.
The ICO announced on Monday it had notified 11 charities that it planned to fine them for breaches of data-protection law, but did not say which charities they were.
When asked by Third Sector whether it was one of the 11 charities, a CRUK spokeswoman said today that the charity would not be commenting.
Oxfam, the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support, three charities known to have been under investigation by the ICO, also declined to comment earlier this week on whether they had received a notification from the ICO.
Among the other charities known to have been under investigation by the ICO, the PDSA and the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation have not yet responded to Third Sector’s queries as to whether they have been notified about a fine, and the RSPCA, the British Red Cross and Age International have all said they were not contacted by the ICO about this round of penalties.
The RSPCA has already paid a £20,000 fine levied by the ICO last year for breaching data-protection rules. Inquiries into the British Red Cross and Age International concluded last year after the charities signed agreements that committed them to renewing their telephone fundraising consents every two years.
Christian Aid and Save the Children said they had not. Gosh has yet to respond.