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arrrgggg !!!

do i have to register as a data controller with the Information Commisioners Office ?? ive tried looking at their website, but it doesnt seem to tell me what criteria i have to meet ?

we dont keep any childrens info on computer -but we do store photos on there, all childrens information is paper copies kept in a locked cupboard -only accessible to the playleaders.

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It is my understanding that we must all register these days, but I feel sure someone will come along soon with information which proves this. Certainly my LA expects me to be registered regardless of what format I use to store data.

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It doesn't sound like you do have to notify fimbo if all you're keeping is a photo collection with no data attached. However, they're pretty approachable if you phone and let them know what you're keeping, and if you do decide it's a good idea it's a pretty simple process and only costs around £30 I think, from memory.

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I am registered with Information Commissioners Office (£35.00 per year) as it is not only the children's records but also the staff records that you have to think about.

 

I run my payroll from the computer, keep staff training records on the computer plus contact information etc.

 

I also have some information held on the computer about the children to process funding and fee calcs

 

I feel that £35 per annum is a small price to pay to ensure that I am covered rather than face a hefty fine.

 

This is from the FAQ section of the website

 

"Q: How do I know whether the Data Protection Act applies to my business/organisation?

 

The Act will usually apply unless you are an individual holding personal information for your own domestic use, eg an address book."

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