Latest scam targeting businesses in the Highlands
Businesses in the Highlands are being
advised to be on their guard against bogus Enforcement Agency and
Registration Services that are sending out final notices for
notification under the Data Protection Act 1988. Both the "Data
Collection Enforcement Agency" and "Data Protection Act Registration
Service" are believed to be targeting Highland businesses and
institutions. Any approach made by these organisations should be
ignored and any correspondence received should be referred to The
Highland Council's Trading Standards Unit.
There is a legal requirement under the Data Protection Act 1988 for organisations, who hold personal data or use CCTV, advertising or marketing in its every day business to notify the Information Commissioner who is responsible in maintaining the Public Register. This can be done online at http://www.dpr.gov.uk/ or by contacting the Notification helpline on 01625 545740.
There are exemptions from notification
and a self assessment guide is available online or a complete
notification guide book can be ordered from the helpline. Other
than paying the annual statutory notification fee of £35 there are no
other charges. Businesses with concerns can obtain advice from
Trading Standards by
Notification is the process by which a data controller's details are added to the register. The Data Protection Act 1988 requires every data controller who is processing personal data to notify unless they are exempt. 2. Clarification and further information are available from Nigel MacKenzie at The Highland Council Trading Standards on 01463 228700.