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Over £250,000 monetary penalties issued to two illegal marketers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) yesterday confirmed that two individual fines, totalling over £250,000 have been issued to two illegal marketers, who have ‘been responsible for distributing millions of spam texts’, and as such have breached the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

The marketers will have 28 days to respond to the fines, in order to try and prove their compliance with the law.

Director of Operations at the ICO, Simon Entwistle, said:

The public have told us that they are increasingly concerned about the illegal marketing texts and calls. These are often made by rogue companies claiming to offer pay outs for accidents a person has never had or PPI claims that they are not necessarily entitled to.

While companies can phone people to sell them the latest product or service, the law states that individuals should not receive unsolicited texts or automated marketing calls unless they have given their permission. We know many companies are failing to do this and two individuals responsible for sending millions of illegal marketing messages are now facing six figure penalties unless they can prove otherwise.

It would be inappropriate to provide further comment until both individuals have had the opportunity to reply, but we are already working to identify other individuals and companies involved in these unlawful practices.