On 5 October 2017, the Fundraising Regulator, who is responsible for setting and enforcing clear standards of conduct for charity fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, announced the opening of a Code Consultation on Data Protection in anticipation of the GDPR coming into force. This consultation will look to address issues identified by the ICO when levying penalty notices on charities for data protection breaches, and for other recent developments in the law and guidance on using individuals’ personal data.

The consultation will run from October to December of this year and will enable charities, fundraisers and members of the public to provide feedback on proposed changes to the code regarding data protection.