The Fundraising Regulator has launched a consultation about
developing the Fundraising Preference Service (the 'FPS'),
which is scheduled to begin operating very soon. The Regulator may
also take on responsibility for fundraising regulation in Northern
Ireland, though it is one of two options still being considered by
the Northern Ireland Fundraising Regulation Working Group.
The FPS: The FPS will enable individuals to select charities
that they no longer want to receive communications from. Registered
users will be able to opt out of all direct marketing
communications by telephone, email, text and addressed mail from
named charities. The opt-out will have the statutory force of a
Data Protection Act Section 11 notice to cease direct mail.
The FPS is consulting charities, sector professionals as well as
members of the public, and participants of the consultation will be
contacted by the Regulator via short, weekly emails and asked to
give their opinions on different aspects of the FPS. The
consultation seeks participants' views on a wide range of
subjects, including the service's appearance and its
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