The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is set to issue penalties of over £250,000 to two illegal marketers thought to have distributed millions of spam texts.
Both individuals have received notification of plans to hand out the fines under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations which regulate electronic marketing.
The decision comes after the ICO investigated the spam messages, which featured no named sender, and the sale of consumer contact details to other companies for further marketing use.
People who received the spam messages via their mobile devices were offered accident compensation and payment protection insurance mis-selling services.
The accused have 28 days to respond and prove they were complying with the law. A failure to do so will result in the fines being handed out.
It is illegal to send marketing messages via text to people who have not signed up to receive them from the company involved.
Under new powers, the ICO is able to levy fines of up to £500,000 for the misuse of personal data in this way.
Simon Entwisle, director of operations at the ICO, said members of the public 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," he stated.
"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."
Mr Entwisle said companies are failing to do this, and the 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 have had the opportunity to reply, but we are already working to identify other individuals and companies involved in these unlawful practices," he stated.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 2nd October 2012
IT Business Analyst
£60000 per annum
A well-established global professional services firm is looking to add an ambitious and proactive IT Business Analyst...
City of London, London
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Marketing Executive to join an international and well-established company. ...
A well-established, highly successful, HR consultancy based in Central London is looking for an accomplished HR Assis...
Casino Planning Executive
City of London
A dynamic and innovative online digital entertainment business are seeking a Casino Planning Executive, to join their...
PHP / Web Developer
£45000 - £55000 per annum
Web Developer / Software Development Business / up to £55,000 / Central London A relatively small but highly successf...
SQL Developer - London- £50,000
City of London, London
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bonus + benefits
SQL Developer - London - £50,000 plus bonus and benefits An international tech law firm, enjoying a market leading po...
How can you ensure cohesive communication with a team of remote workers?
Remote working is becoming increasingly adopted by organisations across the globe - whether that takes the form of an...
Can HR tech ease workplace conflict?
Workplace conflict is mostly unavoidable - particularly when businesses hire strong-minded talent with big ideas. Ego...
What to prioritise in your employee experience
The candidate experience has long been valued by employers looking to attract fresh talent. Now, however, companies a...
What can HR expect in 2018?
HR departments are set to face many new challenges in 2018, from the technological to the traditional. Among the most...
From communication to drive: The importance of soft skills
Soft skills are often difficult to quantify, yet they can become an absolute necessity for your business to reach its...
Only one in three workers say their employers offer training
Just one-third of workers report that their employer offers regular training opportunities, a new poll by the Trades ...