ICO increases data controller fee to £500

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has raised the annual fee for larger organisations to register as a data controller by over 14 times to £500.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has raised the annual fee for larger organisations to register as a data controller by over 14 times to £500.

The higher fee will enable the ICO to increase activities such as audits and investigations to help protect personal information and ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act, the privacy watchdog said.

The new rate applies to data controllers with a turnover of £25.9m and 250 or more employees. The new rate also applies to public bodies with 250 or more members of staff.

All other data controllers will continue to pay £35 a year, unless they are exempt.

Registered charities and small occupational pension schemes will not come into the higher tier, regardless of their size and turnover, the ICO said.

These organisations will remain in the lower-tier unless exempt from the requirement to notify.

By law organisations that process personal information must notify the Information Commissioner's Office.

An entry about each organisation - including details about the information it processes - is made public in the Register of Data Controllers.

The increase in the notification fee is the first since the Data Protection Act 1998 was introduced in 2000.

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