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ICO takes action for failure to pay new data protection fee

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 5, 2018

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken formal enforcement action against 34 organizations that have failed to pay the new data protection fee.

The data protection regulator has sent notices of its intent to fine the organizations unless they pay. Those who don’t could face a maximum fine of £4,350 (U.S. $5,678).

All organizations that process personal data must pay a fee to the ICO, unless they are exempt. The money is used to fund the ICO’s data protection work and new and expanded services we have introduced such as our advice line, more online resources, and new guidance as strengthened data protection laws have come into force.

“We expect the notices we have issued to serve as a final demand to organizations and that they will pay before we proceed to a fine, but we will not hesitate to use our powers if necessary,” said Paul Arnold, deputy chief executive officer at the ICO. “All organizations that are required to pay the data...

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