UK: ICO Takes Action Against Organisations Failing to Pay New Data Protection Fee

On September 26, 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that it had formally commenced enforcement proceedings against 34 organisations, including various financial institutions, in relation to breaches of the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018.

Under the aforementioned regulations, all organisations carrying out processing activities of personal information must pay a fee to the ICO, unless exempted, to support the ICO’s work financially, like the conduct of investigations for data breaches, as well as its newly introduced services, such as its advice line and expanded guidance.

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