In light of recent scandals involving hacking, personal data and security breaches the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has gained new enforcement powers and the ability to fine companies up to £500,000 for breaches of the Data Protection Act.
Many companies falsely believe the Data Protection Act doesn’t apply to business data. However, where a business is also an individual, such as a sole trader or partnership, the Data Protection Act can apply.
Companies that use or manage data electronically must be registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioners Office. If you buy-in or use prospect data, it may seem obvious that your provider is a registered Data Controller, as failure to do so can be a criminal offence. Yet, shockingly, some data providers are not registered and have gone on for years breaking the Law. Similarly many data suppliers are still not registered with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).
The window industry has taken great steps to clean up its reputation in recent years and we don’t want data security issues or rogue suppliers to pull us backwards. Any reputable data supplier, such as Insight Data, will be registered with the ICO and DMA. You can now check to see if your data supplier is registered simply by visiting www.insightdata.co.uk/resources and you’ll find links to search the ICO and DMA directory.
Data Analyst & DMA Compliance Officer
Insight Data Ltd