Notification fees for large organisations to increase 1 October

Claire Walker

Data protection notification fees for large organisations will jump to £500 on “red tape day”, 1st October.
The changes are set out in The Data Protection (Notification and Notification Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 which were laid before Parliament earlier this week. The move is designed to increase funding for the Information Commissioner’s Office, and was one of several reforms proposed by the Government in a consultation paper last Summer, which in turn followed on from the review into data sharing conducted by the ICO and Dr Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust.
For data controllers in “tier 1”, the annual notification fee remains £35. For “tier 2” controllers – i.e. public authorities with 250 or more staff or organisations with 250+ staff or an annual turnover of £25.9 million or more, the fee will be £500. If that sounds a lot, the consultation mooted the idea of sliding scale fees of up to £1,000 – so, it could have been worse.

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