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More prosecutions for businesses as they fail to notify the ICO

An estate agency has had a member of its staff, Peter Quigg, found guilty of failing to notify the Information Commissioners Office that his business, PDQ Property Sales, processes the personal information of others. Ormskirk Magistrates Court found him guilty, and fined his £250 with £265 costs, as well as a £15 victim surcharge.

As per the Data Protection Act 1998, every organisation that processes the information of others is required to notify the Information Commissioners of the reason they are doing so. All estate agents are currently being written to, urging them to check whether they fall into this category.

Nick Gorril, Haead of Enforcement at the Information Commissioners Office said,

“This requirement is written into data protection legislation for a number of very valid reasons, not least because it gives people an added assurance that businesses and other organisations understand the need to keep their personal details secure.”

In order to eliminate the risk of a fine from the ICO, organisations need to know what risks they could be taking. Absolute Data specialises in helping such organisations review their data strategy, and thus improve data management systems.

Absolute Data works with many organisations to reduce or eliminate the risk to the personal information that they hold about individuals. The “softer side” of privacy risk management such as staff training and having documented procedures is often overlooked and under-funded in organisations and an area where we can have a big impact for a modest investment. By having a documented procedural system for data management, the chances of getting it right first time will be increased. By reviewing such systems, organisations will continually improve data management systems. This is something that Absolute Data does and can help you with.
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