Why register with the ICO?
What is the ICO?
The ICO, or Information Commissioners Office, is the independent body set up to provide a resource and platform both for users of businesses who hold personal information, and also a register for those businesses who handle data for business purposes. Find out more about the ICO here. With the changes coming in 2018 for all businesses with the introduction of GDPR regulation it is important you get your house in order sooner rather than later.
Why do I need to register with the ICO?
As part of the forthcoming GDPR regulation that is going to introduce data protection changes and enforcement for business at all levels, shapes and sizes, it is important that as a business owner who handles or uses data to market your product or service online that you are registered with the ICO, which is actually already a regulation require by the data protection act 1998:
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every data controller (eg organisation, sole trader) who is processing personal information to register with the ICO, unless they are exempt. More than 400,000 organisations are currently registered. (source: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/)
Do I need to register with ICO?
Well, my guess is probably yes. However, don’t take my word for it, the ICO website has kindly put out a digital self assessment page to help you identify whether or not you need to register. See the ICO self assessment link here
What does it mean to be registered with the ICO?
Well, as far as I can tell, nearly all businesses should be registered already if the laws of data protection were to be upheld. I can only imagine that with the incoming GDPR changes, registering for the ICO will be a nice bonus for your business. It will show the powers that be that you take the security and control of personal data seriously and should probably register your business.
How much does it cost to register with the ICO?
According to the assessment that I did for my business, it will cost £35 to register your business and £35 to renew.
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