Britain's data and privacy regulator is investigating four of the country's most prominent charities following allegations that they cold-called people registered with an opt-out list for phone solicitations, including Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers, the BBC reports.
The investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office targets the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and follows a report by the Daily Mail alleging abuses at a London fundraising firm.
The newspaper sent a reporter to work undercover at GoGen, a call center used by dozens of Britain's biggest nonprofits. "This is a boiler-room operation," Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said. GoGen has denied making calls to people registered with the country's Telephone Preference Service, an official no-call database. The four charities said they are addressing the allegations.