CRUK refuses to say if it has been contacted by the Information Commissioner's Office

The ICO said this week it had contacted 11 charities about possible fines for breaking data-protection law, but only one has so far admitted being in that number

Fundraising: who are the 11?
Fundraising: who are the 11?

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.

The Cancer Recovery Foundation is the only charity to have confirmed it is one of the contacted charities. It said it had responded to the ICO, arguing against the fine.

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.

Third Sector also asked the major fundraising charities Save the Children, Christian Aid and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity whether they had been notified.

Christian Aid and Save the Children said they had not. Gosh has yet to respond.

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