Companies which are not registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are currently receiving a notice that their Data Protection Fee may be due by 17 January 2020. Many companies will already have received this notice.
Under the GDPR regulations arising in 2018, any business that processes personal information is required to pay this fee to the ICO unless they are exempt. This information could relate to employees, customers, tenants or marketing. Not paying the fee could result in a penalty of up to £4,000.
Do you need to pay?
If you hold any such personal information then you probably need to pay. You can do this online by debit or credit card via ico.org.uk/fee.
If you are not sure if you should be required to register, there is a quick questionnaire you can complete at ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-fee/self-assessment. The fee can be between £40 and £60 depending on the size of your business, and the questionnaire should confirm this.
If you do not need to register you should advise the ICO at ico.org.uk/no-fee.
December 19th, 2019