Posted By: ITWiser Webmaster - Yorkshire's IT Specialists
Posted By: ITWiser Webmaster
UK Information Commissioner's Office raids companies suspected of nuisance texts
The Information Commissioner’s Office has swooped in on two companies believed to be behind 11 million nuisance texts. At two Greater Manchester based premises computer equipment and documents were seized for investigation.
Between January 2017 and January 2018, the suspects are understood to have sent text messages to UK mobile numbers and as a result the ICO received 3,297 separate complaints. The texts promoted financial management services such as loans, claims for issues with PPI, pensions and flight cancellations. The receivers were unable to identify who sent the texts or unable to opt out of them, which is also against the law.
Andy Curry, the ICO’s enforcement group manager said: “Businesses and individuals who carry out this type of marketing should be assured that we will carry out through investigations and take tough action against them where necessary”.
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