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ICO Warns Estate Agents To Notify

PRIVACY LAW—UK

September 10, 2010

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is warning lettings and estate agents of their legal obligation to notify the ICO that they are handling people's personal information. According to an ICO press release, only a small percentage of industry members are registered, despite the Data Protection Act requirement for all organizations handling personal information to register with the watchdog. The ICO has written to professional bodies, urging them to encourage their members to notify. ICO Head of Enforcement Mick Gorrill said, "We want to work with the industry to ensure all property agents meet the legal requirement to notify us." If the encouragement is ignored, said Gorrill, "we will take action against those who flout the law."
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