Generally speaking, you have to pay a fee if you are processing personal data as a controller. But there are some exemptions. You don’t need to pay a fee if you are processing personal data only for one (or more) of the following purposes:
- Staff administration
- Advertising, marketing and public relations
- Accounts and records
- Not -for -profit purposes
- Personal, family or household affairs
- Maintaining a public register
- Judicial functions
- Processing personal information without an automated system such as a computer.
- Since 1 April 2019, members of the House of Lords, elected representatives and prospective representatives are also exempt.
By working through our self-assessment, you will be able to tell whether you need to pay the data protection fee. But even if you are exempt from paying a fee, you still need to comply with your other data protection obligations.