Notification is a statutory requirement and every organisation that processes personal information must notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. Failure to notify is a criminal offence.
The Data Protection Act applies to personal information about you and how it is handled.
The Act obliges organisations to manage the information they hold in a proper way. Anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles, which make sure that it is:
Notification is the process by which a data controller gives the ICO details about their processing of personal information. The ICO publishes certain details in the register of data controllers, which is available to the public for inspection.
The principal purpose of having notification and the public register is transparency and openness. It is a basic principle of data protection that the public should know (or should be able to find out) who is carrying out the processing of personal information as well as other details about the processing (such as for what reason it is being carried out).
Notification, therefore, serves the interests of individuals in assisting them to understand how personal information is being processed by data controllers.
It is not, however, intended and (nor is it practicable) that the register should contain very detailed information about a data controller’s processing. The aim is to keep the content at a general level, with sufficient detail to give an overall picture of the processing. More detail is only necessary to satisfy specific statutory requirements or where there is particular sensitivity.
Blayze Ltd is notified with the ICO and appears on the Data Protection Register.
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