- On 5 April 2017, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (registered charity number: 206394) was one of 11 charities fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for breaching the Data Protection Act by misusing donors’ personal data. The animal charity’s fine was £9k. Here’s the ICO press release: https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/news-and-blogs/2017/04/ico-fines-eleven-more-charities/.
- Regulator the Charity Commission has today responded to the ICO announcement, confirming that it has opened compliance cases into the 11 charities. Here’s the Charity Commission press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charity-commission-responds-to-ico-issuing-penalties-to-11-charities.
- The fine for Battersea is only the latest indication of serious problems with the charity’s fundraising methods. On 13 December 2016, I exclusively reported that the world-famous charity has been working with a professional fundraiser that uses a fake company to vet staff. This after the charity had reviewed its processes and checks because of the failure of a previous professional fundraiser – a failure which has now led to the loss of £43 056 given by the public, I revealed. Oh, and Battersea refused to answer legitimate questions about the lost £43 056.
- Battersea deserves to be, ahem, in the doghouse for its fundraising shambles.