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Data Protection Act – Is Your Agency Registered?

As a matter of course we always advise our agents that they should register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for Data Protection Purposes if they store their customer's details.

Last month we came across a story about an Estate Agent who failed to register with the ICO. In December 2011 an estate agent in Gwynedd, Wales was prosecuted by the ICO for failing to notify them that his business was processing personal data. The estate agent was ordered to pay £614 towards prosecution costs and was given a conditional discharge of 6 months.

The estate agent was prosecuted under section 17 of the Data Protection Act 1998. This act requires every organisation or person who is processing personal information in an automated form to notify, unless they are exempt. Failure to notify the ICO of this is a criminal offence and could lead to a fine of up to £5,000 in a Magistrates Court or unlimited fines in a Crown Court.

Had the estate agent notified the ICO at an earlier date he would only be £35 out of pocket (the fee for most businesses) and could have avoided a criminal record.

The ICO advises that anyone who processes personal information must comply with eight principles of the Data Protection Act, which makes sure personal information is:

  • Fairly & 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
  • Secure
  • Not transferred to other countries without adequate protection

Any organisation who holds their client's personal information on record should really consider registering with the ICO as a matter of course. More information can be found at: http://www.ico.gov.uk


Posted By Admin on Friday, January 13, 2012 | Type: Blog

Leaseguard Plays Santa!

Our kind hearted staff members have been collecting toys over the past few weeks in aid of our local family centre! 

Family Centre Xmas 

Santa is unable to visit some of the children who attend the centre but with some help from the hardworking elves at Leaseguard the children will have something to open on Christmas morning.

Leaseguard would just like to extend a warm thanks to everyone who assisted in making this possible and we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Posted By Admin on Friday, December 23, 2011 | Type: Blog

Christmas Opening Times!

Well, it's that time of year again! Where has 2011 gone?! Since the snow is falling around us this week we thought this would be the perfect time to update you all on our office opening hours over the festive period.

 

LG Snow

 

The Leaseguard's office's Christmas & New Year holiday dates are:

Friday 23rd December 2011 closed from 1.00pm

And re-open

Wednesday 28th December 2011 at 9.00 am

 

Friday 30th December 2011 closed from 1.00 pm   

And re-open

Wednesday 4th January 2012 at 9.00 am

 

While our offices are open you can contact us on the following details:

Insurance Team:  0845 345 0315 or email enquiries@leaseguard.co.uk

Referencing Team:  0845 345 1705 or email referencing@leaseguard.co.uk

Sales & Marketing Team:  01698 368885 or email salesandmarketing@leaseguard.co.uk

 

We would like to take this opportuity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! 

From Everyone at Leaseguard

 

 


Posted By Admin on Monday, December 19, 2011 | Type: Blog

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