Registration and beyond: changes in effect from January 2021

Published: 10 December 2020

From January 2021 all local organisations/businesses/sole-traders (and all other entities established in the Bailiwick) who are doing anything with personal data are legally required to register with the Office of the Data Protection Authority (ODPA), and pay an annual fee.

You can register online here

The fee paid is based on how many full-time equivalent employees you have:

  • £2,000/year for organisations with 50 or more FTE staff
  • £50/year for all other organisations
  • £0/year for registered charities and not-for-profit organisations

This may not be on your radar as you may have previously been exempt from registration – these exemptions ended on 31 December 2020. The ODPA is reaching out to all corners of its regulated community in Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm to make sure everyone knows what is changing, why it’s changing, and most importantly: what they need to do.

The simple act of registering with the ODPA does not make you compliant with the law – how you treat people’s data determines that. In light of this the ODPA is now taking registrations from organisations during January-February 2021 and supporting them in understanding and engaging positively with their legal duties under the local data protection law.

Meeting these duties benefits organisations directly as it helps build trust and confidence with their customers, service users, staff and any other people whose data they use. And ultimately it helps avoid data harms that can damage people’s lives, careers, and reputations.

Listen to this podcast to hear Emma Martins explain the 2021 changes to registration and how it’s really just the first step in a journey towards looking after personal data well.

Please take a look through the resources below to understand what you need to do about the changes to ODPA registration from 2021:

If you’ve been through the resources above and have some follow-up questions: