Information watchdog investigates ‘charity data sales’
1 September 2015
From the section UK
The Information Commissioner’s Office is looking into claims that an 87-year-old man’s personal details were sold or passed on by charities up to 200 times.
The Daily Mail reports that Samuel Rae, who has dementia, lost £35,000 after his information ended up with scammers.
Information was passed to charities when Mr Rae filled in a survey but did not tick a box stating that he did not want his personal details shared.
The watchdog will consider whether any breaches of the law have taken place.
Former army colonel Mr Rae is said to have been contacted by and asked for money by charities more than 730 times after his data was repeatedly sold.
As well as selling, sharing and swapping details, the paper says some charities also passed them on to rogue firms responsible for scams and Mr Rae was later targeted by fraudsters.
Charities contacted him for up to five years after he had asked them to stop, with some requesting money as many as 38 times in a year.
Mr Rae is cared for by his son, who said he was horrified by how his father had been treated.
Source:: BBC UK