Many businesses do not realise that they have a legal obligation to register under the Data Protection Regulations with the Information Commissioner’s Office if they hold or process any personal information electronically.
Basically, this means that if you hold any addresses of customers or suppliers or personnel on your computers.
The ICO has been undertaking a campaign to contact virtually every company listed at Companies House who is not already registered with them to raise awareness and to try and get fees paid.
We have received hundreds of letters here at Martlet House for companies, many of which are dormant, or do not hold data, but if you receive such a letter, you do need to contact the ICO as soon as possible as they are now sending out reminders.
Also, if you do not hold personal information on computers, if you use CCTV for crime prevention reasons, that is also enough to require a data protection registration.
If you are found to be in breach of these regulations, the fines can be HUGE!
If you require any further information about the requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.