ICO Explains Why Businesses Need To Pay The Data Protection Fee

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The ICO’s deputy head, Paul Arnold, has this month outlined why it is important for ‘data controllers’ to pay the data protection fee. For those unsure or even aware of the Data Protection Regulations 2018 Act and why the fee was created (it helps to fund the ICO’s regulatory and investigatory work) can refer to this useful Data Protection Fee guideline.

The ICO’s Paul Arnold stated:

“It’s the law to pay the fee, which funds the ICO’s work, but it also makes good business sense. Because whether or not you’ve paid the fee could have an impact on your reputation.

When you’ve paid, your business is published on our register of data controllers. Members of the public and other companies check that list before they decide to do business.

We speak to thousands of people and organisations every week and it’s clear that being on the register tells others a lot about you.

It’s a strong message for your customers – it lets them know that you value and care about their information and that you’re more likely to keep it secure and not share it inappropriately.

It also lets other organisations know that you run a tight ship and that you’re aware of your data protection obligations. It indicates that you’re more likely to take your other data protection responsibilities seriously too. It’s a reassurance for those thinking of doing business with you.

For most organisations, the fee is either £40 or £60 a year depending on your turnover and how many people you employ.

If you’re not sure whether you need to pay, you can check here.”

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