THE owner of a plush Fylde coast restaurant failed to conform with the Data Protection Act, Blackpool magistrates were told.
Mohammed Enayet –who runs the Lime Lounge on Bispham Road, Cleveleys – has CCTV on the premises.
But that CCTV system should have been registered under the Act because it collects personal information about people - namely their pictures.
Enayet, of Lightfoot Lane, Preston, admitted unauthorised personal data collection because the 42-year-old defendant had failed to register as a data controller with the commission controlling the act.
Sheila Lyth, prosecuting for the data protection commission, said that letters had been sent to Enayet reminding him of the need to register and pay the annual fee of £35.
She added: “The main reason for this is so the commissioner can contact those who collect data like names ages and addresses or run CCTV .
“In this day and age there are concerns about privacy and identity theft.
“The public have the right to know who holds information about them and the register is open to the public.
“Therefore the information must be regulated.”
Enayet admitted breaching the act and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £240 costs.
He told the magistrates: “I am sorry.
“The CCTV was in there when I took over and I thought it was covered by the premises licence and my personal licence.”