Friday, 24 March 2006

Data protection

The Data Protection act is increasingly important piece of legislation, protecting you and everyone else who uses the internet in the UK. However, it does mean that there is an additional layer of beaurocracy, and it seems that some organisations don't bother to register. This is, not just an issue of good practice, but illegal if the organisation keeps records of donors and supporters. I was therefore amazed to find when I searched the Data protection website ( that several charities raising funds on the internet do not appear to be registered -- so do check before making you donation -- it's easy enough. And certainly ask an organisation why they are not registered, if you cannot find them in the register.

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