back to article Where's my money?! UK Info Commish squeezes data controllers while brandishing £4,350 fine

The UK's privacy watchdog has slapped down 34 organisations that haven't paid fees under the country's new data protection regime. Since May, data controllers – organisations or people that define how and why personal data is processed – have been required (PDF) to pay increased charges to the Information Commissioner's Office …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Save a fiver

    £40 reduced to £35 if paid by direct debit.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ah the ICO, well known for their money collection skills.

  3. Adrian Midgley 1

    Payable by anyone working for themselves

    with benefit to everyone.

    A classic case for central funding from general taxation.

  4. Sureo

    "used to fund its actvities"

    Which are what?

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: "used to fund its actvities"

      Which are what?

      It's a variation of an extortion racket. Uses the fines to levy fines on others but withut the beatings and breaking of bones the mob uses.

  5. spold Silver badge

    Pay up or else...

    Remember those guys in the nice blue jackets with ICO Enforcement on the back (want one)?

    Pay up or we send the boys 'round!!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg

  6. Vimes

    Funny how the ICO's willingness to start fining suddenly gets a lot stronger when it involves anything affecting them directly rather than another 3rd party.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "Under the UK's previous regime, controllers had to register with the ICO and pay a fee ... depending on the firm’'s size and turnover. Failure to pay was a CRIMINAL offence. New data protection legislation that came into force made non-payment a civil offence, as well as boosting the charges."

    Its only a civil offence now, have we gone backwards here???... Look forward to all those spam callers / emailers registering their latest phoenix firms... Yeah, that's going to work out well...

    1. Spazturtle

      Re: WTF?

      Because it's now a criminal offence to leak data in the first place.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: WTF?

      > Its only a civil offence now, have we gone backwards here??

      A criminal offence requires a 'beyond reasonable doubt' level of evidence which, presumably, is hard to acquire and is easy for the defendant to dispute. A civil offence only requires a 'balance of probabilities' level of evidence which will be simpler and easier to obtain, so successful prosecutions should increase.

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