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Six months conditional Discharge for Estate Agent for failing to notify the ICO of data processing

John Merfyn was prosecuted at Caernarfon Magistrates Court for an offence under section 17 of the Data Protection Act.

For applicable organisations, failure to notify intentions to process personal datais a criminal offence, and can lead to a fine of up to £500,000.

As well as a 6 month conditional discharge, Mr Pugh was ordered to pay £614 towards prosecution costs.

Assistant Commissioner for Wales, Anne Jones, said:

“Registering as a data controller is a basic legal requirement of the Data Protection Act. The fee for most businesses is £35 a year. Merfyn Pugh Estate Agents’ failure to register – even after being prompted to do so by the ICO – has cost them much more today. The message behind today’s prosecution is clear – ignore warnings and you too could end up in court.”

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