Speculative Diversion: On the Dark-Side of Charitable Fundraising (BBC News)

Summary

The personal details an 87-year-old man with dementia are understood to have been sold or passed on by charities up to 200 times. Samuel Rae may have been contacted, and asked for money, by charities more than 730 times; simply as a result of completing a survey years earlier but failing to tick a box indicating he did not want his personal details shared. Scammers and con-men subsequently purchased this person’s details on the open market from fundraising “Suckers Lists” (sic), exposing him to fraud and financial abuse.

The Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating whether any breaches of existing laws have occurred, and – perhaps more pertinently – may have to ask whether the law needs to be changed.

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Reference

Information watchdog investigates ‘charity data sales’. London: BBC News, September 1st 2015.

Possibly also of interest, regarding high-pressure, often commission-driven, fundraising techniques:

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Law to target aggressive fundraising by charities. London: BBC News, July 11th 2015.

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