The cost in the UK of a Data Protection License is only £35.00 having just received and paid for our new one.
There are several "companies" who try to scare you into allowing them to apply for the licence on "your behalf", but they charge a premium rate for this (last one soliciting for business wanted £150!)
The administrative companies that communities use MUST hold the license but would only need one to cover all aspects of their work. They should be responsible for paying for their own licence, the charge should not be passed on to the communities they work for as it is a prerequisite.
Regarding Presidents, I think it should be required that they have a license as this could be an opportunity for some less principled individuals to exploit the sensitive information which they currently have access to. As to who pays for this licence, if a President intends to use the information for the purpose it was given, and this purpose only, then perhaps they should pay for the license as a sign of good faith? Maybe once the President no longer holds office, then the monies could be refunded?
I know that this will cause a ripple of shock-waves, but this is only an idea, what do others think?