TechnologyAccounting SoftwareICO prosecutes more accountants over data protection

ICO prosecutes more accountants over data protection

Another firm falls foul of the Data Protection Act

The Information
Commissioner’s Office
has prosecuted accountant Abdul Ghafoor of
Yorkshire Business Management for offences under the Data Protection Act, fining
him £350 and ordering him to pay costs of £500.

Under the Act, organisations processing individuals’ personal information may
be reuired to notify the information commissioner at a nominal cost of £35 a
year. Ghafoor’s firm processes personal information but had failed to notify the
commissioner.

The ICO revealed to
Accountancy
Age in 2005
that it was looking into the accountancy profession to check
that practitioners were following the Act.

‘This successful prosecution is a reminder to those organisations that are
failing to notify that we stand ready to use powers to prosecute the small
minority of businesses that flout the Act,’ said Philip Taylor, solicitor at the
ICO.

Ths ICO prosecuted practitioners
last
year
under the Act.

Further reading:

Data
protection disaster looms for thousands

Firm
prosecuted for data protection failure

Contact
details for Information Commissioner’s Office data registration

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