Data gathering: Penalties: Overview
A data-holder can be charged penalties if they fail to comply with a data-holder notice.
Depending on how long the data-holder fails to comply with the data-holder notice, the data-holder can be liable to
- an initial fixed penalty of £300 when they fail to comply with the data-holder notice
- daily default penalties of up to £60 per day for failures that continue after the initial fixed penalty has been charged
- increased daily default penalties of up to £1,000 per day if they are approved by the tribunal after the £60 daily default penalties have been charged, and
- an inaccuracy penalty of up to £3,000 where the data-holder carelessly or deliberately provides inaccurate information or documents.
An officer can allow further time for a data-holder to comply with a data-holder notice before penalties are charged.
We cannot charge initial fixed penalties and daily default penalties where the person satisfies us, or the tribunal, that there is a reasonable excuse for the failure.
When a person has incurred a penalty, we issue a penalty assessment. The person is entitled to a review and can appeal. Where we are unable to resolve an appeal by internal review, or if the person chooses not to have an internal review, the first-tier tribunal will hear the appeal.
For operational guidance on charging penalties, see CH206480.