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Arron Banks, the insurers and my strange data trail

The Guardian

If a 29-year-old Peugeot 309 is the answer, it's fair to wonder: what on earth is the question? In fact, I had no idea about either the question or the answer when I submitted a "subject access request" to Eldon Insurance Services in December last year. Or that my car – a vehicle that dates from the last millennium – could hold any sort of clue to anything. If there's one thing I've learned, however, in pursuing the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it's that however weird things look, they can always get weirder. Because I was simply seeking information, as I have for the last 16-plus months, about what the Leave campaigns did during the referendum – specifically, what they did with data.


ICO to audit Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is to review how an EU referendum campaign and an insurance company are complying with data protection laws after fining the organisations a total of £120,000 for serious breaches of electronic marketing laws. The ICO announced an audit and issued a preliminary enforcement notice as well as three notices of intent to fine Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance – trading as Go Skippy Insurance – in November 2018 as part of its investigation into data analytics for political purposes. After considering the companies' representations, the ICO has issued the fines, confirming a change to one amount, with the other two remaining unchanged. The regulator has also issued two assessment notices to Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance to inform both organisations that they will be audited. The ICO investigation found that Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance were closely linked and that systems for segregating the personal data of insurance customers from that of political subscribers were ineffective.


UK's Eldon Insurance, Owned by Brexit Donor Banks, Fined for Data Misuse

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The U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office fined Brexit supporting campaign Leave.EU and a linked insurance company 120,000 pounds ($156,000) for serious breaches of electronic marketing laws as it opens a probe into how both are complying with data-protection rules. The ICO announced an audit and issued a preliminary enforcement notice as well as three notices of intent to fine Leave.EU and Arron Banks's Eldon Insurance in November 2018 as part of its investigation into data analytics for political purposes.


FSM MAGAZINE - Companies fined for serious marketing breaches

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The ICO announced an audit and issued a preliminary enforcement notice as well as three notices of intent to fine Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance trading as Go Skippy Insurance, in November 2018 as part of its investigation into data analytics for political purposes. After considering the companies' representations, the ICO has issued the fines, confirming a change to one amount, with the other two remaining unchanged. The regulator has also issued two assessment notices to Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance to inform both organisations that they will be audited. The ICO investigation found that Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance were closely linked. Systems for segregating the personal data of insurance customers' from that of political subscribers' were ineffective.


Brexit: Leave.EU and Arron Banks' firm fined £120,000 over data breaches

BBC News

Leave.EU and an insurance company owned by its founder Arron Banks have been fined £120,000 over data law breaches. It represents a reduction in the £135,000 total previously announced by the Information Commissioner's office. The pro-Brexit Leave.EU group's £60,000 fine was reduced to £45,000 after "considering the company's representations", the ICO said. Leave.EU said it was a "politically motivated attack against our involvement in Brexit". A spokesman said it was "disappointed but not surprised" and would be appealing against the fine in court.