The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance a combined 120,000 GBP for illicit email campaigns. The ICO plans to audit both companies to review their data-protection practices, such as how the companies process personal data. The agency found Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance worked closely together, and both companies failed to separate the personal data of political subscribers and insurance customers. Leave.EU sent 300,000 political messages to Eldon Insurance customers, while Eldon sent emails to more than 1 million Leave.EU subscribers via two illegal direct marketing campaigns. “We have been told both organisations have made improvements and learned from these events,” U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said. “But the ICO will now audit the organisations to determine how they are using customers’ personal information.”
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