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Firm fined for breaching Data Protection Act

Another firm faces fine for breaching the Data Protection Act: registration for which costs just £35

A firm has been fined and incurred costs totalling nearly £1,800 for offences
under the Data Protection Act.

Moores Chartered Management Accountants and its director Roger Bailey were
fined a total of £1,000 for failing to notify the
Information
Commissioner’s Office
that it was a data controller, despite
repeated warnings. It also paid the ICO’s court costs of £776.

Small organisations that process individuals’ personal information could be
required to notify the ICO, at a cost of £35 a year.

“Organisations must take their data protection responsibilities seriously,”
said Mick Gorrill, assistant information commissioner at the ICO.

“Notifying as a data controller under the Data Protection Act is an important
obligation for all organisations which process personal information. As this
prosecution demonstrates, we stand ready to use our powers to prosecute the
small minority of organisations that flout the Data Protection Act.”

The ICO revealed to
Accountancy Age
back in 2005 that it was prepared to take a tough line on the “thousands” of
firms that had not registered.

A number of firms have since been fined for offences under the act.

Further reading:

Data protection disaster looms for
thousands

Firm prosecuted for data protection
failure

Fourth accountancy firm prosecuted
by ICO

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