Update from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK regulator for data protection and information rights. In July 2021 they will be writing to the human health and social work 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 27 August 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.

If you don’t receive a letter, you may still be legally required to register so you should take steps to check whether you need to pay the fee.

There is more information specifically for human health and social care organisations on the ICO’s website: www.ico.org.uk/hhs

They also have a web hub specifically designed for small and medium enterprises which has lots of tips and simple guides that you will find useful: SME web hub – advice for all small organisations | ICO



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