April 18, 2024

Complaint Against Farage Files Bank For Passing Financial Information To BBC

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has filed an official complaint against NatWest, accusing the bank of giving his information to the BBC, which initially claimed it lost its account with Coutts for financial reasons before going back to admit the decision was partly political.

The former Brexit Party leader turned GB News presenter has made a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which has the power to fine financial institutions up to £17.5 million after anonymous sources at Coutts bank – a subsidiary of NatWest – told the BBC his bank account had been closed because it fell below the £1 million threshold, and internal documents showed the bank decided to leave because of our values ​​c customer alignment.

In a letter sent to the ICO, seen at the Sunday MailMr Farage’s solicitors wrote: “The content of the BBC report leads to the inescapable conclusion that the bank was providing confidential information including Mr Farage’s personal details about his financial affairs to the Press, which would constitute a serious data breach by the bank.

“This matter has shown that the information given to the BBC by Coutts or someone within the Natwest Group was incomplete and at the very least deliberately misleading.”

The letter continues: “The information given to the BBC was not entirely accurate regarding the offer of alternative banking facilities by Natwest; Mr Farage was only offered another current account, and not another business account. Because of Mr Farage’s sense of profound injustice, and concern about the wider societal implications of the bank’s behaviour, he felt compelled to correct the situation by making public the full DSAR response, even though it contained information that was highly damaging.

“However, given the seriousness of this situation, Mr Farage calls on the ICO to intervene to take action to require Coutts and Natwest Group to promptly explain exactly how they have handled his personal data.”

If the complaint is upheld, the ICO has the ability to fine Coutts up to £17.5 million or four per cent of its global annual revenue in the previous fiscal year.

NatWest CEO Dame Alison Rose, who sat next to the author of the BBC article in question, Simon Jack, at a charity event the evening before it was published, has already issued an apology to Mr Farage. However, the Brexit leader’s legal team noted that the apology “conspicuously” failed to mention that his information had been given to the media.

Mr Farage said on Saturday: “The BBC report leads to the inescapable conclusion that NatWest Group provided confidential information (and personal details) to the media about my financial affairs.

“This would be a serious data breach and, even worse, a disregard for client confidentiality by the bank. My legal team have written to the ICO asking them to investigate and take action.”

Former prime minister Boris Johnson insisted that if Dame Alison was “in any way responsible” for leaking Mr Farage’s financial circumstances to the press, “she really needs to go”.

“This is much more than just one person’s bank account. It’s about freedom under the law, for everyone in this country. It’s about the freedom to think and say what you believe as long as you don’t break the law without fear of overt or covert persecution,” Johnson wrote in the newsletter. Daily Mail.

“That freedom made our country great. It is under threat. It’s time to fight. It’s a fight for freedom to say what you want I read the bank’s dossier with a cold hard heart. He was my political opponent but I support him very much.”

The BBC, for its part, quietly updated its original article to reveal details revealed through a content access request by Mr Farage, which revealed that the bank had decided, at least in part, to close his account because of his links to former President Donald Trump, tennis star Novak Djokovic, and to express views that did not “align” with the bank’s values.

In a statement, the BBC said: “We acknowledge that the information we reported – that Coutts’ decision on Mr Farage’s account did not involve considerations of his political views – was not accurate.”

The author of the article, Simon Jack, write on social media: “The headline on the Farage story has been clarified and an update has been posted. It should have been clearer at the top that the reason for closing Mr Farage’s account was commercial – a source told the BBC. That has been corrected.”

As well as lodging a complaint with the ICO, Mr Farage also wrote to BBC director-general Tim Davie, demanding that the public broadcaster issue an official apology for his reporting.

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