UK: Government Consults on Exemptions From Paying Annual Notification Charge to the ICO

On June 20, 2018, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published a public consultation, in order to review the data controllers’ exemptions from paying charges to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Under the old regime, data controllers were required to register with the ICO and pay an annual "notification" charge, which was used to fund the ICO’s data protection activities. The new Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 provides for a new structure of charges, which allows for the exemption of certain groups of data controllers from the process of formal notification, according to the standard government categorisation of businesses.

In the new structure, there are three categories of charge, which are the following:

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