Councillors warned

Councillors who handle personal data have been warned that they may need to register as data controllers under the Data Protection Act and that failure to do so is a criminal offence with fines of up to £5,000. The Information Commissioner’s Office states that as a member of the council or representative of a major political party, councillors will not normally be required to notify. However where a councillor carries out their role as a representative of a ward or if they are an independent councillor not affiliated to any political party they may be required to register. Over 6,000 councillors are currently registered as a data controller and a further 13,000 may not be fulfilling their obligations.

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