IoF response to ICO statement
7 December 2016
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising said:
"We have not seen the full reports into the charities criticised, and can’t comment on the detail, however it’s clear from the ICO’s statements and the associated materials that they are trying to send a clear message to charities about how they use the personal details given to them by supporters.
"The Institute banned the selling of data by charities and banned the sharing of data without express consent in 2015. The Code of Fundraising Practice has been further strengthened since then, and charities have reviewed and improved their practices.
"It is important to remember that it is good practice for charities to understand their supporters, how they can best contact them and tailor the way they ask for their support. However, charities – like all other organisations – need to make sure that people are informed about how their information will be used and have the chance to agree or object.
"We are confident that charities respect the rules and don’t deliberately breach regulations. Charities need clear and consistent guidance to ensure that everyone is fully aware of their legal duties so that they can get this right, and the ICO should be doing more to make sure that charities have this clarity which has been lacking in the past. We hope that the event promised with charities and other regulators for early next year will be an important step in the right direction."