ICO fines company £90,000 for PECR breach
In what seems like the start of a campaign to enforce the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined a Glasgow-based kitchen and bedroom design company £90,000 for making nuisance calls.
This current fine is the first one made for cold calling. The company, DM Design, failed to check whether individuals had in fact opted out from receiving marketing calls. The ICO says that the company blighted the public with thousands of calls, and that 2,000 complaints were received by the ICO and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).Further Investigations
Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, said: "This fine will not be an isolated penalty. We know other companies are showing a similar disregard for the law and we've every intention of taking further enforcement action against companies that continue to bombard people with unlawful marketing texts and calls."
"All of this work has been made possible thanks to the information we are receiving from the public, which has assisted our investigation team in identifying the companies making these calls."