This month, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has launched a new campaign to contact all registered companies in the UK reminding them of their legal responsibility to pay a data protection fee.
The move marks the start of an ‘extensive programme’ to make sure the Data Protection Fee is paid by all those who need to pay it.
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018, providing a new standard by which landlords and agents deal with personal information about their tenants and clients.
It is a requirement for landlords and letting agents to register with the ICO, unless they qualify for an exemption.
Penalties for non-compliance
Landlords and letting agents can quickly and easily find out if their organisation needs to pay the fee by using the ICO’s self-assessment checker, but if personal information is held for business purposes on any electronic device, including using CCTV for crime prevention purposes, it is likely an annual fee payment is due.
The penalties for non-compliance are high.
Where can I learn more?
- The Information Commissioner has published a blog on its website about this campaign, which you can read here.
- Read more about GDPR requirements including registering with the ICO and checkout sample privacy notices and more in our GDPR toolkit here.
- Still have a question? Members can give our advice team a call, or ring the ICO directly on 0303 123 1113.