Information Commissioner investigates allegations of privacy breaches by charities | MPs to investigate 'vile' fundraising techniques | Extra funding for charities in summer Budget

Plus: DEC charged £1.5m by Google in Typhoon Haiyan appeal | Richard Taylor pulled out of Which? move because of Mail story | Some charities might be harassing the public, says Esther Rantzen

The Daily Mail investigation
The Daily Mail investigation

The Information Commissioner’s Office will investigate potential data and privacy breaches at four large charities and the fundraising agency GoGen after allegations were made in the Daily Mail newspaper that the agency was "exploiting loopholes" in the Telephone Preference Service.

MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee will take evidence from charity bosses during an investigation into what its chair Bernard Jenkin said were "vile and disgusting" fundraising techniques.

Extra funding for domestic violence refuges and armed forces charities and changes to the national minimum wage and inheritance tax are among the measures likely to affect charities announced in this week’s summer Budget.

The Disasters Emergency Committee estimates that it spent £1.5m on Google advertising during its emergency appeal for the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which raised more than £90m.

Richard Taylor, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK, pulled out of a move to the consumer charity Which? because of a conflict over the way the consumer charity responded to a Daily Mail investigation into fundraising practice, Third Sector understands.

Some fundraising methods are causing discomfort and some charities might be harassing or persecuting members of the public, according to Dame Esther Rantzen, the broadcaster and founder of ChildLine and the older people’s helpline the Silver Line.

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