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Notification fees change on 1st October

As a result of an increase in the registration fees for the largest data controllers from 1 October 2009, the ICO hopes to raise in excess of £16m to deal with data protection issues. Although remaining at £35 for the vast majority, the fee will rise to £500 per year for data controllers with either: a turnover of £25.9m and 250 or more members of staff or if they are a public authority, 250 or more members of staff.

The additional revenue will, says the ICO,
enable the office “to take on our new regulatory responsibilities and meet the increasing demands on our data protection services”. Doubtless this will include more enforcement action and (using new fining powers where fines will be in the ‘tens of thousands of pounds’ according to the ICO) the pursuit of those data controllers whose deliberate or reckless breach of the data protection principles has caused, or could have caused substantial damage or distress.

There is also likely to be more activity from the Office to prosecute those who have not notified their processing – already the most common use of ICO powers.

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