Issued By
North Yorkshire County Council

 

DATA PROTECTION ACT – DON’T BE CAUGHT OUT

 

Trading Standards Officers are warning businesses to be wary of letters from companies demanding payment of £111.63 to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.  The West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service have received over 60 enquiries about one such organisation, The Data Collection Enforcement Agency, which it is believed has now ceased trading.  Recent amendments to the Data Protection legislation have come into force and it appears that this business along with several other similar operations have taken the opportunity to profit at a time of uncertainty for some businesses.

If registration is required, application can be made direct to the Office of the Information Commissioner.  The charge for official registration is £35.

Martin Wood, Chief Officer of the West Yorkshire Joint Services said, “This is another example of businesses being targeted by unscrupulous traders seeking to make a quick profit.  Companies should be vigilant about unexpected invoices or demands and should make all possible enquiries before making payment.

Further advice or information can  be obtained by telephoning the West Yorkshire Consumer Helpline on 0113 3848848.

For Further Information contact:

John Field, Enforcement Officer Tel: 0113 2898238

Graham Hebblethwaite, Divisional Manager/General Media Contact Tel. 0113 289 8218

Paul Cooper, Divisional Manager Tel: 0113 289 8240