Trading Standards Officers at Peterborough City Council are reissuing
a warning made in July to companies in
the area concerning unsolicited e-mails or letters they may receive.
These e-mails or letters are offering
services to register clients with the Data Protection Registrar for a
fee and many look like final demands for payment.
Many people and organisations store
personal details about consumers on computer or in paper files. To
ensure this information is handled properly there are laws to ensure
its accuracy and some businesses may need to register. However it is
not necessary to have an agent acting for the business.
Some traders may be misled into
thinking they have to register through an agent. This can be done
simply by contacting the Data Protection Registrar directly.
Nick Garnham Trading Standards Officer
for the city council, said, "Traders should check any document
they receive that appears to be from any official body and asks for
payment. If they have any suspicions they should either contact the
official body direct or contact their local Trading Standards office