The Data Protection Fee – to pay or not to pay?
Way back on the 25 May 2018, the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 (the 2018 Regulations) came into force, changing the way the Information Commissioner’s Office funds their data protection work.
Under the 2018 Regulations, organisations that determine the purpose for which personal data is processed (controllers) must pay a data protection fee unless they are exempt.
This data protection fee replaces the requirement to ‘notify’ (or register), which was in the Data Protection Act 1998, which some of you should have, and may have, paid in recent years.
But you may or may not need to pay the Data Protection Fee if you did, or did not, pay the old fee. The ICO have a very good guide and self assessment tool which will advise if you need to pay the fee.
We encourage all businesses to undertake this 5 minute test – you can access it here. Question 7 is the most time consuming and may need some thought or justification, do make a note of any rationale you have used to tick the boxes in case the ICO come knocking at any point in the future, and ask why you didn’t pay the fee – if that’s what you decide to do.
Do contact us if you have any questions about this fee or about your GDPR compliance in general.
How we can support you
Our goal is to help you, as a business owner, to grow your business by getting the most value out of your three most valuable assets:
- Your contacts/data
- Your processes and systems
When you make the most of your contacts/data you are in the best place possible to increase your revenue. When you have efficient, repeatable processes in your business, you reduce the cost of sales. Both of these give the business owner more head space to focus on growing their business.
The overall result is an increase in net profit.
I have been working with CapsuleCRM for over 9 years and helped many clients increase revenue, reduce costs, make the most of their contacts, manage their pipeline and deliver great customer service.
I do this by designing and installing Capsule to meet the client’s needs, offering a bespoke CRM to suit their business requirements and importing clean and enriched data. Capsule really is a great solution for coaches, consultants and business owners and when it is integrated with Mailchimp and Xero you have really solid foundations in place to grow your business.
As a team, we have over 35 years experience in Data Legislation, Data Management and Data Protection. If you would like to find out more about how we help businesses with their GDPR compliance please contact us to arrange a time to to have a chat about our Data Services or call us on 01635 592020.
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