The complainant has requested information relating to the proportion of the budget for the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) awareness advertising campaign that went towards paying for the right to use a named celebrity’s image in that campaign. The FCA applied sections 40(2) (third party personal data) and 43(2) (commercial interests) of the FOIA to withhold the information. The Commissioner’s decision is that the FCA was entitled to rely on section 43(2) of the FOIA to withhold the information. The Commissioner does not require the public authority to take any steps.
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