The ICO and the Data Protection Fee

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK regulator for data protection and information rights. In August 2021 they will be writing to organisations in our sector to remind you that you may have a legal responsibility to register with the ICO and pay the data protection fee. For most companies this is £35 or £55 per year when they pay by direct debit.

If you receive a letter, you should check if you need to pay and, if you believe you are exempt, you should let the ICO know by 25 September 2021. If you are not exempt, you will need to register through their website and pay the fee. Please note, if you use CCTV for crime prevention purposes it is likely that you will need to register. 


You can find information about the campaign, specifically written for the information and communication sector, on the ICO website

There is also a web hub specifically designed for small and medium enterprises which has lots of tips and simple guides that may be useful.

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