As we count down to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect next May, we wanted to clarify how the fees that data controllers have to pay to the ICO are changing.
Under the current Data Protection Act (DPA), organisations that process personal information are required to notify with the ICO as data controllers (unless an exemption applies). This involves explaining what personal data they collect and what they do with it. They are also required to pay us a notification fee, based on their size, of either £35 or £500. These fees are used to fund most of the ICO’s work.
When the new data protection legislation comes into effect next year there will no longer be a requirement to notify the ICO in the same way. However, a provision in the Digital Economy Act means it will remain a legal requirement for data controllers to pay the ICO a data protection fee. These fees will be used to fund the ICO’s data protection work. As now, any money the ICO receives in fines will be passed directly back to the Government.
More on General Data Protection Regulation GDPR (update by TaylorWessing).
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