Registration & fee changes from 1st January 2020
Data Controllers & Processors
The Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner (JOIC) is changing its fee structure from 1 January 2020.
The move sees JOIC following instruction from the Government of Jersey, as part of a transition to greater independence. The new fee regulation was approved at a meeting of the States Assembly on 10 December 2019.
From 1 January 2020, organisations in the Island that process personal information will be legally obliged to adhere to the new registration and fee structure (subject to exemptions).
The new registration model and fee structure, which has been formed following consultation with industry is based on data processing ‘risk’. To assess the appropriate fee, the following has been considered;
Deputy Information Commissioner, Paul Vane says: ‘As per the spirit of the General Data Protection Regulation, we have abolished the indiscriminate general registration requirements and replaced them with a registration regime that reflects risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals based on the nature of each organisation and the volume of processing activity.
The previous registration process made no distinction between a sole trader business that processes non-sensitive, very basic personal data, such as a small shop with CCTV in operation, and a large multi-national corporation that processes large amounts of special category personal data, such as a large banking organisation. This regime has long been considered as unfair and overly burdensome.
The new structure will ensure the JOIC is better positioned to provide the highest levels of data protection for the people of Jersey and support the Island’s reputation as a well-regulated jurisdiction. It will see a significant increase in guidance, resources and support for Island organisations and individuals. It also includes a new online registration process that will reduce the administrative burden of registration, by making it simpler, easier to understand and less time consuming.’
The new structure only permits for registration renewals in January of each year to cover personal information processing during that calendar year. Payments, if applicable, are due by the end of February, that same year.
Please note that the new registration and fee structure will not be available until 1 January 2020.
JOIC will be issuing additional guidance and links to help navigate the new, simpler process later in December.