Another attempt for nuisance calls and spam to be regulated

13 October 2014

call centre A change to the regulations surrounding nuisance calls and text messages has been recommended by Ed Vaizey.

The Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy wants to make it easier to fine the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.

Mr Vaizey would like to get it all sorted by the next general election, which suggests he needs to get his skates on.

A vague attempt at doing this last year was stopped, after a legal ruling went against the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after it fined Christopher Niebel, the co-owner of marketing company Tetrus Telecoms, £30,000 for bombarding people with hundreds of thousands of texts regarding PPI and accident claims.

Simon Entwistle of ICO reckons: "This will make it much more straightforward for us to take action,"

"At the moment, it takes a large amount of effort to prove substantial distress and this change will make it much more proportionate to the problems these calls and texts cause."

"We understand firms can have legitimate reasons to make marketing calls, but we reckon that for every one concern lodged with us there are about 1,000 nuisance calls or texts."

Well, about time frankly.

TOPICS:   Scams

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