ICO Issues GBP 400,000 Fine for Illegal Collection and Sharing of Personal Data

On April 9, 2019, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (the “ICO”) levied one of its most significant fines under the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “DPA”) against pregnancy and parenting club Bounty (UK) Limited (“Bounty”), fining the company GBP 400,000. Bounty, which provides new and expectant mothers with information and offers for products and services, collects personal data online, via an app, and offline through hard copy cards. The company also offered a data broking service. Bounty came to the attention of the ICO as a “significant supplier” of personal data in the context of the ICO’s wider and ongoing investigation into the data broking industry. The ICO revealed that Bounty shared personal data relating to more than 14 million individuals, the majority of them expectant or new mothers and their children, with third parties for the purposes of electronic marketing. Because some records were shared up to…

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