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Dear colleagues

Each year I pay a subscription to the ICO organisation.  

Do others pay to this organisation?

I only ask as I would like clarification. 





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By Paul Crowley
11th Jun 2024 18:46

I pay
It is a trivial fee.

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By bettybobbymeggie
11th Jun 2024 19:01

If you have clients you have to pay it.

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By FactChecker
11th Jun 2024 19:10

As far as I recall, you still do even if they're all ex-clients but you've retained any of their data (digitally or on paper)?

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By Dougscott
11th Jun 2024 21:35

No, only if you process client data electronically.

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By cbp99
11th Jun 2024 21:11

Yes, £35pa

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
12th Jun 2024 08:41

I pay it. It's £40 annually for up to 10 members of staff.

It's a bit like a tv licence... buy one even if you don't need it, just to avoid unwelcome attention from the government's collection apes.

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By paulinleeds
21st Jun 2024 10:59

It's £35 if paid by annual Direct Debit or £40 if one off payment - for the 'small businesses.'

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
12th Jun 2024 10:21

Its on the ICAEW checklist of pointless tax to pay to be a member in practice.

Now there *is* some red tape worth slashing. The activities (whatever they are) should be met out of general taxation and the cost of collection must take up a fair chunk of the £40.

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By Fenella
20th Jun 2024 09:34

If you process data it is not optional. Just make sure you are paying ICO direct and not using some intermediary who is larding on a load of extra cost.

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By I Can Help Your Business
20th Jun 2024 09:38

Why did you initially start paying it?

Did you research it?

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Donald MacKenzie
By Donald MacKenzie
21st Jun 2024 07:38

The rules have been written to catch pretty much any business holding data electonically.
The rules SHOULD be rewritten to exempt all the businesses that ONLY hold that data for normal business reasons.
Does anyone think making legitimate businesses pay this fee stops illegitimate businesses from harvesting and holding data?

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By the_fishmonger
21st Jun 2024 09:03

Donald MacKenzie wrote:

Does anyone think making legitimate businesses pay this fee stops illegitimate businesses from harvesting and holding data?

Are you suggesting that illegal and dubious businesses do not follow every rule, file truer and fairer accounts than the rest of us and are upright, generous & fair citizens?

Steady on. Next you'll be telling us that politicians don't lie or place oddly timed bets...

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