5 April 2017
Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support:
“We take this fine very seriously.
“We are dedicated to supporting millions of people affected by cancer every year and apply the highest of standards to all of our work. This includes taking great care in the way we manage the details of anyone who donates money to our cause.
"Although we acted according to our understanding of sector guidance at the time, we are now clear that we need to give supporters more information about we how use their details. We would like to apologise to our supporters for our mistake.
"Over the past year, we have made many important changes to the way we work. We are completely reviewing how we talk to donors about the ways we use their information, so that anyone giving money to us feels absolutely sure that we will respect their privacy and preferences.
“Millions of people who have been affected by cancer depend on our support and services every single day. We are run entirely on donations and don’t receive any government funding, so it’s vital that people trust us completely.
“Every penny of our donors’ money is important to us, and to the people living with cancer we support, which is why we won’t use any public donations to pay this fine.
“We would like to thank anyone who has ever given us their time, money or support. Without them, we simply couldn’t provide our vital services and help make sure no one faces cancer alone.”