Data Protection isn’t easy, and it isn’t getting any easier. The powers and vigilance of the Information Commissioner increase, the efforts of people of ill-will to hack into personal data increase, the sensitivity of people to the misuse of their personal data increases, the issues over cross border data transfer increase and the rules are about to change. Minefield doesn’t begin to be the right cliché for it.
But here’s the easy bit – if you hold, process or control personal data you have to registered by notification to the Information Commissioner. If you are in business you are pretty well bound to have to do that, and it’s amazing how many organisations don’t know or don’t do it. If you didn’t know, you do now. So if you have even personal data (dates of birth, addresses) for your own staff, you need to do it. How hard is that? How expensive? Hardly at all – all you do is go to https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/register/ , fill in a minimal online form, and pay (for small organisations) £35 a year. Bish, bash and most definitely bosh. Say I sent you.
Written by Paul Berwin of Berwins Solicitors.