A free service launched, to stop unwanted Charity post, call, emails and text messages….
On 6th July 2017 the Fundraising Preference Service was launched. This allows you to go onto the FPS website (https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/the-fundraising-preference-service/) and send a message stating that you do not want to hear either from any charities or you only want to hear from those charities that you select. This is a free service.
In a statement the Fundraising Regulator set out how the new service will work:
“The FPS will allow a member of the public to enter a charity’s name or Charity Commission number it wishes to stop communication with. They must then choose the communication methods (post, text, phone, email) they wish to end and enter their contact details before submitting the request. The named charity will then receive notification of the suppression request and be invited to view it on the FPS portal, with 28 days provided to cease contact.”
Should a charity fail to comply with this request they could be fined up to £25,000 and prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office under the Data Protection Act, 1998.
This change came about after the death of 92 year old Olive Cooke in 2015, who was one of Britain’s oldest and longest serving poppy sellers. She killed herself after being continually hounded by Charities who sent her up to 267 letters a month and regular phone calls, requesting donations.
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