MM Bookkeeping- This is what the ICB say about it and as you will see it does not say every member must register -it only says you must comply with the Act and only if you are passing information on you need to register with the ICO
" The Data Protection Act gives individuals the right to know what information is held about them. It provides a framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly.
The Act works in two ways. Firstly, it states that anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles, which make sure that personal information is:
- Fairly and lawfully processed
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up to date
- Not kept for longer than is necessary
- Processed in line with your rights
- Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection
The second area covered by the Act provides individuals with important rights, including the right to find out what personal information is held on computer and most paper records.
Should an individual or organisation feel they're being denied access to personal information they're entitled to, or feel their information has not been handled according to the eight principles, they can contact the Information Commissioner's Office for help. Complaints are usually dealt with informally, but if this isn't possible, enforcement action can be taken.
If you hold and process information about your clients, employees or suppliers, you'll need to comply with the Data Protection Act. This states that personal information must be kept secure, up to date and processed lawfully and fairly.
In the event that you process personal information and pass it to third parties then you must NOTIFY the ICO and pay an annual fee of £35.00 and comply with the Data Protection Act."
And Mac thank you for the clarification but I do believe we should all register just because we are passing all our client information on to the ICB through the MLRs