Fundraising Regulator launch consultation on data protection in Code of Fundraising


Data protection

The consultation will enable charities, fundraisers and members of the public to provide feedback on proposed changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice regarding data protection.

The Fundraising Regulator’s consultation seeks to update the Code to adhere to the upcoming GDPR legislation and to ensure that rules on data protection are more accessible by improving signposting to existing ICO and Fundraising Regulator guidance, in addition to adding and expanding definitions for key terms.


The Fundraising Regulator, based at CAN Mezzanine, Old Street, seeks views on:

  1. the proposed changes and reordering of the Code
    2. how we can ensure any changes are communicated and implemented effectively

Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standard Committee said:

“Protecting personal data is a fundamental part of meeting the key principles of legal, open, honest and respectful fundraising within the Code. We welcome views on whether the changes proposed are clear in communicating fundraisers’ legal and ethical responsibilities on data.”

The Fundraising Regulator has now opened its registration to commercial fundraising businesses, Commercial Participators and Community Interest Companies (CICs) to encourage third parties involved in charitable fundraising to sign up to good fundraising practice.




The regulator has also updated the Fundraising Preference Service Charities Guide for organisations who are not yet familiar with the service and updated its guidelines for use of the 'Registered With' logo.

The consultation on the Code of Fundraising will run until Friday 8th December. Changes to the code are expected to be implemented and published in spring of next year. More information on the proposed changes and how to respond can be found on the FR website.

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