The ICO is stirring – have you paid the fee?

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Phil Brown, Norfolk's Data Protection Mardler

The Data Protection Fee

In April 2019, I posted a blog entitled ‘The ICO Data Protection Fee – Have you paid?’ well here is a bit of free advice. Take it seriously, take action or find yourself on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ‘Wall of Shame’ with a fine for not having registered when you should have done.

Since the Data Protection Act 2018 came into effect in May 2018, it has been a legal requirement for businesses that are processing personal data to register with the ICO and pay a data protection fee, unless they are exempt. This money is used to fund the ICO and its various advisory and investigative services. The fee level is determined by the size and turnover of each business and is set by one of 3 tiers ranging from £40 to £2,900 annually. Most organisations will only pay £40 or £60. A fee also applies to charities for which a flat rate of £40 applies. 

The ICO is on the case

On 03 December 2019, the ICO released a blog stating that it had launched a campaign to contact all registered companies in the UK reminding them of their legal responsibility to pay a data protection fee. You can read the whole blog here.

What if you don’t pay?

If the ICO discover that you have not paid and does not believe your business is exempt, then your business could end up appearing on the ICO website list of non-payers, unless you take the appropriate action. The latest list of non-payers covers the period from 1 July to 30 September and includes 340 businesses.

Check Your Status

If you are not sure, or you want to find out if you are liable for registration, I strongly advise you visit the ICO website:  or follow the links in the ICO blog. As always, I am happy to advise members of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce on data protection matters - just get in touch via my landing page: and let's have a mardle!


Phil Brown, Norfolk's Data Protection Mardler

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