European Data Protection Digest

Commission Investigating Bullying Helpline Complaints

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

March 5, 2010

The Charity Commission has announced it is opening an inquiry into the National Bullying Helpline after the charity's founder reportedly disclosed mistreatment complaints from Downing Street employees, The Guardian reports. "Concerns have been raised about the protection of confidential information held by the charity," a commission spokeswoman explained. The inquiry, which will look into the charity's data protection procedures, will also examine how people were referred from the helpline to a business run by one of its trustees, the report states. The inquiry comes on the heels of allegations that the charity's founder, Christine Pratt, used the helpline to solicit business for a human resources consulting firm she runs with her husband.
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