Your hair or beauty business may receive a letter from the (ICO) Information Commissioner’s Office within the next week or two. Make sure you look out for it.
Don’t ignore this letter. You may need to check your salon or barbershop post to make sure you don’t miss it while your premises are closed.
The letter is about GDPR and is a reminder to businesses that they may have to register with the ICO and pay a data protection fee.
You must respond to this letter by 15 March 2021, or the ICO will chase you up.
This blog post covers:
- Most salons and barbershops won't have to register
- Operating CCTV? You must register
- Check if you need to register
- Penalties for non-payment
You must register and pay the fee if you operate CCTV inside or outside your premises.
In addition, you may have to register if, for example:
- You are running your business as a franchisee.
- You are based in a hotel or spa.
- You carry out credit checks on clients.
Training provider organisations must always register and pay the data protection fee.
You can use the ICO’s self-assessment checker to help you decide if you need to register or not.
Important note: question 7 in the self-assessment has confused some people. Most hair and beauty businesses should answer ‘no’ to all the options as the activities described are not the main purpose of a hair or beauty business.
If your business does have to pay the data protection fee and you fail to do so, you may be fined up to £4,000.
- Don't ignore your letter from the ICO.
- You must respond - even if you don't have to pay the data protection fee.
- Most salons and barbershops will not have to pay.
- You will have to pay if you operate CCTV, and in some other circumstances.
- If you are in any doubt, check with the ICO.
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Data protection laws got tougher when GDPR came into force in 2018. Your hair/beauty salon or barbershop must understand and comply with additional data protection laws as set out in GDPR. NHBF Members can download our free in-depth guide and templates. Find out more.