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ICO fishing letters. Here we go again.

ICO launches new assault on businesses who DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER

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Ho hum.  Yet more ICO scam letters coming through the letterbox.

Since I last asked a year ago, has the law changed in any way?  Or is it still as I thought, that ONLY IF you are required to register do you need to do anything?

The absurdity of being required to tell the ICO that you are NOT required to tell the ICO anything still seems to me to not be what the law says.

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By Paul Crowley
24th Jun 2021 15:42

Seems to me Paul triggered the replies
And he did contribute
You appear to have asked and not contributed in any way

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By Duggimon
24th Jun 2021 16:29

If you read the letter, it doesn't actually say what you says it says.

It asks you to let them know you don't need to register, but it doesn't say you have to or are legally obliged to. It seems to me you're getting a bit worked up about a complete non-issue.

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By DeathandTaxes222
24th Jun 2021 16:51

And on the right hand side of the letter, there's a grey box which says

"What you need to do:" followed by 4 items, the third of which says "If you do not need to pay a fee tell us at ..."

If there is no legal compulsion, why do we "need" to do anything at all?

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By Leywood
24th Jun 2021 17:18

[quote=DeathandTaxes222]
'' there is no legal compulsion, why do we "need" to do anything at all?''

Why dont you ask them?

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By Paul Crowley
24th Jun 2021 17:05

Maybe if you tell them, they will knock you off the list
but would not bother myself

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By zebaa
24th Jun 2021 17:17

It's a scam. We all know that - or maybe we don't, otherwise they would not bother

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By Paul Crowley
24th Jun 2021 17:24

A government approved scam
Lots of those about

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By SXGuy
24th Jun 2021 17:54

Perhaps they employ the same people from TV licencing

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By David Ex
24th Jun 2021 18:21

Used to work somewhere that received pro forms invoices from the Financial Reporting Council. The invoices were filed in the bin.

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By thestudyman
25th Jun 2021 08:37

David Ex wrote:

Used to work somewhere that received pro forms invoices from the Financial Reporting Council. The invoices were filed in the bin.

What were the charges for?

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By MissELTow
24th Jun 2021 19:31

It worries me that so many are apparently so ready to be complicit in bureaucratic over-reach.

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By Leywood
24th Jun 2021 20:01

MissELTow wrote:

It worries me that so many are apparently so ready to be complicit in bureaucratic over-reach.

So you opened another account just to say that?!! Although you are clearly misreading the position.

I look forward to your insightful comments on Accountancy matters

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By Paul Crowley
24th Jun 2021 21:05

Kiss Kiss

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By Hugo Fair
25th Jun 2021 11:33

Hope you've kept the lights switched on ... might be surprised at what's in your loving embrace.

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By stepurhan
25th Jun 2021 08:25

What bureaucratic overreach?

Many businesses need to register with ICO. Many of those businesses are not aware that they need to register with ICO. Without contact from a business, ICO is not able to determine if any particular business is required to register or not.

The letter may be poorly worded, leading to some paying a fee that they don't have to. That is a different matter. But simply sending out a letter alerting a business to the potential need. That is, if anything, helpful in ensuring a business does not inadvertently fail in that duty, with the subsequent legal consequences.

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By Tax Dragon
25th Jun 2021 09:27

Agreed. There may also be data protection obligations irrespective of whether there's a fee to pay. As Paul says below, useful reminder.

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By Duggimon
25th Jun 2021 09:02

The few clients who phone me about these letters usually do so because they have never heard of ICO. Some of them need to register, some of them don't. Invariably every question they ask me is already answered in the letter.

I don't see any problem in them whatsoever, I think they're concise, reasonable and useful and completely within the remit of ICO to send out.

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By Paul Crowley
25th Jun 2021 09:14

One of the letters arriving at my address, being the registered office for a few companies was for a client that runs a letting agency and operates as a manager for service charge companies.
My guess is that that is probably a valid reminder

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By meadowsaw227
25th Jun 2021 12:41

We received a similar letter yesterday, however we are already registered with the ICO ! .

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