Azhar Saleem of Saleem & Co Accountants has been prosecuted by the
Information Commissioners Office for offences under the data protection act.
Saleem failed to notify himself with the ICO as a data controller despite
consistent reminders from the ICO. The Data Protection Act states that any
organisation that deals with an individual’s personal information may be
required to notify the ICO and pay a charge of £35 annually.
He was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £428.50 plus a victims’
surcharge of £15 at Bolton Magistrates Court.
Mick Gorrill, Assistant Commissioner at the ICO, said: ‘This prosecution will
remind accountancy firms of their obligations to notify and to ensure that any
personal information is held securely, is accurate, up-to-date and is processed
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