Data retention after deletion request

Mark McNamara made this Freedom of Information request to Information Commissioner's Office

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

Could you please let me know how long the maximum amount of time a company can legally retain personal data for after an account has been closed.
Also if possible, could you please point me in the direction of the legislation which specifically references the amount of time a company can retain personal data.
The company in question is an online bookmaker who have refused to delete personal data after an account has been closed by the customer and to which the customer did not agree to any of the updated terms and conditions from the company.

Yours faithfully,

Mark McNamara

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