Changing your telephone number when making sales calls

Article added:  16/06/2017

In an effort to increase sales, some dialler companies offer their customers a solution where the company’s CLI is changed to the same CLI as the number being called.

For example, if your business is based in Birmingham and you call a number in London beginning 0207 then the dialler would dial the number showing a CLI beginning with 0207.

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Changing your telephone number when making sales calls

How to prove you’re TPS Checking

Article added:  05/06/2017

How we use data has been under intense scrutiny by every regulator since the end of 2015. Since that time, the word has spread and many companies are learning that there’s more due diligence required when buying and using data than they realised.

You simply cannot buy ‘anything’ from ‘anyone’, at least not anymore.

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How to prove you’re TPS Checking

Is the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) fit for purpose?

Article added:  25/05/2017

There have been many critics of the TPS over the last year or so, but are they right to complain that the “TPS doesn’t work”?

The TPS does not physically block calls and it’s this misunderstanding that causes many people to complain about its so called ineffectiveness.

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Brighter Home Solutions fined £50,000

Brighter Home Solutions fined £50,000 for TPS complaints.

Article added:  22/05/2017

Brighter Home Solutions Ltd, an Essex based double-glazing company, have been fined £50,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for making calls without screening against the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Between 4th January 2016 – 26th August 2016 the ICO received 187 complaints, 160 directly to the TPS, from consumers complaining about being called whilst on the TPS, but also about being misled by the call itself- in many cases Brighter Home Solutions presented a false number, making it look like they were calling from a local number.

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Brighter Home Solutions fined £50,000

Fake TPS Calls - The promises to stop nuisance calls

Article added:  09/05/2017

If you’re struggling with nuisance calls you might be tempted to turn to one of the many commercial companies that promise to help, but be wary of the exaggerated and sometimes fake promises these companies will make to you.

Almost all of us have had our evenings interrupted by nuisance calls to switch our utility provider, get a better mobile phone deal or to reclaim our PPI. Signing up to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is meant to stop unsolicited marketing calls, but it has its limitations.

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Fake TPS Calls - The promises to stop nuisance calls

Making company directors personally liable

Article added:  04/05/2017

The Unsolicited Marketing Communications (Company Directors) Bill, which is the Bill that was proposing to make Directors personally liable for breaches of the Privacy Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), has “fallen” at the close of Parliament today (3rd May 2017).

Although the Digital Economy Bill was passed on the 27th April 2017, which put the ICO’s Guidance on Direct Marketing on a statutory footing, the director’s liabilities Bill was dropped, at least for now. This means that the fear factor of personal fines for company directors has for the time being gone away.

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What is "TPS online UK ECOM"?

Article added:  11/03/2017

For years now, consumers have been confused by the appearance of transactions on their bank and credit card statements showing “TPS online UK ECOM”.

What it is

TPS online UK ECOM is in fact The Perfume Shop (online, in the UK and ECOM stands for “Ecommerce“). So if you have TPS Online UK ECOM on your bank or credit card statement, the chances are that you’ve made a purchase from the Perfume Shop recently.

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What is "TPS online UK ECOM"?

Digitonomy Ltd fined £120,000 for unsolicited texts

Article added:  17/02/2017

Chester based Digitonomy Ltd has been fined by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for sending unsolicited text messages.

This is yet another fine levied by the ICO for a common lack of understanding about what consent is required to contact people by text message (which applies equally to email and calling numbers registered on the Telephone Preference Service).

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Digitonomy Ltd fined £120,000 for unsolicited texts

The Data Supply Company Ltd fined £20,000 by the ICO

Article added:  07/02/2017

This is an unusual case, The Data Supply Company Ltd is the first list broker to be fined for selling data used in a text campaign by another company.

An ICO investigation found The Data Supply Company had sold more than 580,000 records containing people’s details to a company that then used that data to send text messages. This resulted in 21,000 spam texts being sent by the firm who bought the information and result in 174 complaints.

The company is a list broker, one of the key focus areas of the ICO at present.

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The Data Supply Company Ltd fined £20,000 by the ICO

LAD Media Ltd fined £50,000 for unsolicited text messages

Article added:  06/02/2017

Bury based LAD Media Ltd have been fined by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

LAD Media are a lead generation and data brokerage company, two of the data related business areas most recently being targeted by the ICO.

Over a 2 month period between early January 2016 and early March 2016, the ICO received 158 complaints about the company sending unsolicited direct marketing messages.

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IT Protect Fined £40,000 for TPS Breaches and more

IT Protect Fined £40,000 for TPS Breaches and more

Article added:  24/01/2017

IT Protect Ltd have been fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for, amongst other things, 122 complaints made to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

IT protect Ltd was operating a business selling Call Blocking solutions. Companies offering call blocking solutions have been growing in numbers over the last couple of years.

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IT Protect Fined £40,000 for TPS Breaches and more

Assist Law Ltd Fined £30,000 for TPS Complaints.

Article added:  11/11/2016

Assist Law Ltd have been fined £30,000 for making calls to consumers registered on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) despite assurances from its suppliers that the data was opted in.

Between April 2015 and April 2016, the TPS received a total of 99 complaints, 84 directly to the TPS and 15 to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Over a 13 month period that amounted to just over 7 complaints a month. On the face of it that may not seem like a lot, however, it was enough to prompt the ICO to launch an investigation.

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Assist Law Ltd Fined £30,000 for TPS Complaints

Nouveau Finance Ltd fined £70,000 by the ICO for 92 complaints.

Article added:  07/11/2016

Ninety Two (92) complaints, that’s all it took to land Nouveau Finance Ltd in hot water with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for spamming.

Although the fine related to spam texts, it could just as easily have been email or automated voice messages. The law applies in exactly the same way.

Nouveau Finance Ltd sent around 2.2 million illegal marketing text messages over a six month period advertising a loan matching service to generate loan leads.

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Nouveau Finance Ltd fined £70,000 by the ICO for 92 complaints

Directors to be personally fined for nuisance calls

Article added:  24/10/2016

The Privacy Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) first came into force in December 2003. Since then there have been 4 amendments.

Now a 5th amendment planned for early 2017 will make Directors personally liable for breaches under PECR.

The proposal suggests that from Spring 2017 up to two directors can be fined up to £500,000 each meaning a total of £1 million in personal fines for PECR breaches.

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Directors to be personally fined for nuisance calls

Ocean Finance fined £130,000 for unsolicited text messages

Article added:  29/09/2016

This is a very common problem in the marketing industry.

Ocean Finance organised with a company to send text messages that it thought were ok to send, because its supplier said so, and ended up with a £130,000 fine from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

What Ocean Finance didn’t realise, neither do many other companies both small and large, is that if you send texts, emails or automated voice messages your business is responsible for the sending regardless of whether you use your own data or data supplied by a third party.

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Ocean Finance fined £130,000 for unsolicited text messages

Omega Marketing Services Ltd Fined £60,000 for TPS Breaches

Article added:  08/09/2016

Glasgow based Omega Marketing Services Ltd has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for calling people registered on the TPS.

Omega Marketing Services Ltd made 1.6 million nuisance calls to sell solar panels and other green energy saving equipment.

Although the company was only created in October 2015, within weeks it was on the ICO’s radar with a large number of complaints being received from consumers.

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Omega Marketing Services Ltd Fined £60,000 for TPS Breaches

Vincent Bond & Co Ltd fined £40,000 for unsolicited texts

Article added:  05/09/2016

London based Vincent Bond & Co Ltd has been fined £40,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for sending unsolicited text messages.

Between the period 11th May 2014 and 14th December 2015 Vincent Bond & Co Ltd sent 346,162 text messages via a supplier who was introducing leads to the company.

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Vincent Bond & Co Ltd fined £40,000 for unsolicited texts

Working with Foreign Call Centres and the TPS

Article added:  01/09/2016

Many of us will have worked with, heard of or received a call from a foreign call centre at some point in time. We know they exist, we know people use them, but has your business ever been tempted to use one?

Here are some helpful tips on the Do’s and Don’ts when using a foreign call centre and what you need to know about the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

The TPS is a central opt out register whereby individuals can register their wish not to receive unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls. It is a legal requirement that companies do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS.

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Working with Foreign Call Centres and the TPS

Advanced VoIP Solutions Ltd fined £180,000

Article added:  11/06/2016

Cheshire based Advanced VoIP Solutions Ltd has been fined £180,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for sending automated voice messages to consumers.

The £180,000 monetary penalty notice was issued to Advanced VoIP Solutions Ltd as a result of an ICO investigation prompted by 6,381 complaints.

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Advanced VoIP Solutions Ltd fined £180,000 by the ICO

Firm behind thousands of spam texts fined by ICO

Article added:  10/06/2016

Quigley and Carter Ltd, a Manchester based company, has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for sending spam text messages.

The text messages led to over 2,600 complaints and sparked an ICO investigation.

Stephen Eckersley, ICO head of enforcement, said:

“People were left annoyed, angered and upset by these texts. The rules around electronic marketing messages are simple and there for a very good reason – to protect people’s privacy rights and stop unwanted phone calls, texts and emails.”

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TPS Registrations By SMS

TPS Registrations By SMS

Article added:  09/06/2016

From 27th May 2016 people will be able to register their mobile numbers on the TPS by texting the word “TPS” followed by their email address to 85095. This has caused an obvious surge in registrations with some days seeing a tenfold increase and the highest day a whopping one hundred times the normal daily registrations.

With registration increases like this, will there be any data left to call?

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TPS Registrations By SMS

Central Compensation Office Ltd ordered to stop bothering people with nuisance calls

Article added:  08/06/2016

Central Compensation Office Ltd, based in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire with its registered office in Bury, has been caught calling people registered on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Calling people registered on the TPS without their express permission is against the law.

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Central Compensation Office Ltd

Check Point Claims Ltd fined £250,000

Article added:  19/05/2016

It’s hardly new news nowadays, but the claims industry is still coming to terms with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) ruling last year about what consent is needed before you can engage in electronic marketing (text, email and automated voice).

From the consumer’s point of view, this fine is another victory for consumer protection, but from the industry’s point of view it’s another example of closing the door after the horse has bolted.

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Check Point Claims Ltd fined £250,000

Cold callers must display CLI

Article added:  26/04/2016

CLI stands for “Caller Line Identification”, in other words your phone number.

Whether you feel that showing your CLI when you’re making calls is a good or a bad thing, the fact is that the decision has been made and legislation is on its way to force companies making calls to show a valid CLI or else face the wrath of OFCOM and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

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Wales named as UK’s hot spot for cold calling

Article added:  05/04/2016

When you think of Wales, you probably think of Snowdonia, zip lining or white water rafting. However, for some, they think call centres...

...and when you think of call centres, you probably think of places like India, South Africa or the Philippines; at least that’s where most people think all of our call centres have moved to.

However, when it comes to telemarketing complaints, Swansea is in fact the UK’s Cold Call hot spot.

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Wales named as UK's hot spot for cold calling

Advice Direct Ltd fined £20,000 for calling numbers on the TPS

Article added:  01/04/2016

Advice Direct Ltd, trading as National Workers Office, has been fined £20,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for calling people registered on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and for not maintaining a proper Do Not Call (DNC) list.

Advice Direct Ltd was offering to help people claim compensation for Hearing Loss as part of an Industrial Accident Claim.

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Advice Direct Ltd fined £20,000 for calling numbers on the TPS

Direct Choice Home Improvements Ltd fined £50,000

Article added:  31/03/2016

If you work in an environment that involves cold calling you could be forgiven for thinking that the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is not a reasonable regulator. However, this case is a testimony to just how reasonable the ICO can actually be.

As far back as June 2014 Direct Choice Home Improvements Ltd were given notice that complaints had been received, but no further action would be taken. However, one year later in May 2015 the company was in the Telephone Preference Services (TPS) top 20 of complaints and then again in July, September and November 2015.

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Direct Choice Home Improvements Ltd fined £50,000

Falcon & Pointer fined £175,000 for making automated calls

Article added:  28/03/2016

Falcon and Pointer, which had its MOJ licence revoked by the Claims Management Regulator in January 2016, told the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) that it had stopped making automated calls in June 2015. However, an investigation discovered that it continued to make a further two million automated calls during July and August 2015.

Some of these automated calls were made in the early hours of the morning demonstrating a complete lack of control by either Falcon & Pointer themselves or their supplier. In all likelihood, the supplier was based overseas and submitted the automated calls to be sent during the wrong time zone, which resulted in calls being received by consumers at all hours of the day and night.

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Falcon & Pointer fined £175,000 for making automated calls

FEP Heatcare Ltd Fined £180,000

Article added:  19/03/2016

FEP Heatcare Ltd made over 2.5 million automated recorded calls promoting the company’s products and services putting them at the top of the ICO’s compliant list.

Although the company withheld its number, ICO investigators were still able to trace the calls to the Glasgow-based company.

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FEP Heatcare Ltd Fined £180,000

Have you been scammed into paying to register on the TPS?

Article added:  17/03/2016

If you’ve been receiving lots of nuisance calls then you may have been tempted to take up the services of one of a number of commercial companies who promise to help, but should you?

The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is law, but much to the disappointment and misunderstanding of consumers it does not physically prevent companies from calling them.

Contrary to some of the popular press, registering on the TPS does work. Where it falls down is that the TPS does not apply to foreign companies and of course, where have many of the UK’s call centres gone? Abroad!

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Telephone Preference Service Scam Calls

Have you purchased any data recently? Then you should read this.

Article added:  15/03/2016

There was a time (probably right up until August 2015*) when you could just simply buy data from a data broker and not worry about it. There was a sense of trust and understanding between data seller and data purchaser. Well that’s changing.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) are clamping down, some might say getting their act together, and this could impact you and your business.

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ICO fines MP David Lammy £5,000 for voice broadcasting

Article added:  15/03/2016

There was a time when people though that charities and political parties alike were considered to be immune from the rules governing cold calling.

However, a recent fine issued by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to David Lammy MP shows that’s not the case.

David Lammy organised for nearly 36,000 automated calls to be sent over a two day period playing a recorded message that urged people to back his campaign to be the Labour party candidate for the Mayor of London.

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ICO fines MP David Lammy

Prodial Ltd fined £350,000 for automated calls.

Article added:  04/03/2016

A West Sussex based lead generation company, responsible for over 46 million automated nuisance calls, has been fined £350,000 by the Information Commission’s Office (ICO).

The ICO received over 1,000 complaints about automated calls relating to Payment Protection Insurance (PPI). Complainants complained about receiving multiple calls which often carried no opt-out or live operator options effectively rendering consumers unable to stop them.

Brighton-based Prodial Ltd was operating out of a residential property and also hiding its identity by withholding its telephone number when making calls, which made it harder for people to report them.

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Prodial Ltd fined £350,000 for automated calls.

Direct Security Marketing Ltd fined £70,000

Article added:  17/02/2016

Dudley based Direct Security Marketing Ltd made nearly 40,000 automated calls in a single broadcast in just one day in an attempt to sell burglar alarms. Worryingly, 9,775 of these calls were made between 1am and 6am in the morning!

The ICO received 49 complaints from consumers about calls received by them on 24th August 2015. So it seems that a single attempt at what might have been a new marketing method caused the company many problems. Who knows how they came across this marketing method or who sold it to them, but between the company and their supplier no one seemed to be aware of their obligations under the law.

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Direct Security Marketing Ltd fined £70,000

MYIML Ltd fined £80,000 for calling TPS-registered subscribers

Article added:  15/02/2016

MYIML operates a lead generation business calling consumers to sell solar panels and other green energy saving solutions.

MYIML first came to the attention of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) in November 2013 after it received a number of consumer complaints. It should have ended there, but MYIML continued to generate more TPS complaints.

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MYIML Ltd fined £80,000 for calling TPS-registered subscribers

TPS services launches Proof of Screening Certificates

Article added:  23/01/2016

Many of our clients have asked us to provide proof that they have screened their files against the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) in order that they can evidence the fact to both clients and regulators that TPS screening has taken place.

So with this in mind, TPS Services has now created a Certificate of Audit to evidence that a file has been TPS screened. You can pass these Certificates on to your clients to evidence that you have screened their files.

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TPS services launches Proof of Screening Certificates

Zahier Hussain t/a National Advice Clinic fined £850,000

Article added:  03/12/2015

Zahier Hussain, trading under several business identities including the Industrial Hearing Clinic, the National Advice Clinic and the Central Compensation Office, has been fined £850,000 by the Claims Management Regulator (CMR).

The TPS received nearly 2,000 complaints against the company prompting an investigation into the company's business practices and leading to the biggest fine to date from the Claims Management Regulator (MOJ) for a Claims Management Company (CMC).

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National Advice Clinic fined £850,000

ICO writes to 1,000 data companies

Article added:  22/11/2015

The ICO is taking the unprecedented step of writing to over 1,000 data suppliers as part of its ongoing battle against nuisance calls.

The ICO believes that data companies play an important role in the compilation and trade of names, addresses and telephone numbers which in turn feeds the nuisance calls industry.

When companies register for their Data Protection licence, they are required to identify if they trade in personal data. The ICO will be using this information to contact those companies.

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ICO writes to 1,000 data companies

Cold Call Elimination Ltd fined £75,000 for calling numbers on the TPS.

Article added:  29/09/2015

The ICO has fined Cold Call Elimination Ltd £75,000 for making unsolicited marketing calls to sell cold call blocking devices.

Vince Costa-Barnett, Director of TPS Services said:

The total number of TPS complaints received against the company between the 14 June 2013 and 31st March 2015 was 382. That's the equivalent to £196 per complaint or around £3,500 per month. Judging by the last set of accounts filed at Companies House, it would seem that the fine is such a high price to pay that the company may not be able to afford it. Whatever business they thought they were trying to build, this fine probably just ended it. Stark reality for companies breaching TPS regulations.

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Cold Call Elimination Ltd

MOJ fines The Hearing Clinic £220,000 for TPS Breaches

Article added:  21/09/2015

Aurangzeb Iqbal (CRM 31218) trading as The Hearing Clinic (formerly trading under www.thehearingclinic.co) has been fined £220,000 by the Claims Management Regulator (MOJ) for calling people registered on the TPS.

The fine is the first to be issued by the Claims Management Regulator (the MOJ) since the government changed the law in December 2014 to introduce the fining power. Firms found breaching the regulator’s rules of conduct now face fines of up to 20% of their annual turnover, as well as having their trading licence suspended or removed.

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The Hearing Clinic

Point One Marketing Ltd Fined £50,000 for TPS Breaches

Article added:  18/08/2015

Point One Marketing Ltd (formerly Conservo Digital Ltd) has been fined £50,000 for 731 TPS breaches over a 14 month period (1st Feb 2014 - 31st March 2015) so that's £68.40 per breach or £3,571 per month.

The ICO received a number of complaints from TPS registered consumers saying:

  • they had asked not to be called again, but that Point One Marketing had called them again anyway
  • high pressure sales tactics
  • sales staff were rude
  • sales staff wouldn't tell consumers where they got their details from
  • in some cases sales staff called the same number multiple times the same day

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Amber UPVC Fabrications

Amber UPVC Fabrications fined £50,000 by ICO for cold calling

Article added:  27/05/2015

Vince Costa-Barnett, Director of TPS Services said:

“This case is a little old now, but somehow it slipped through the net and missed our news blog. Ordinarily, having missed it at the time, we'd just pass it over. However, it's absolutely relevant to the changes that came into play on 6th April 2015 as regards:”

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Amber UPVC Fabrications

Direct Assist Ltd fined £80,000 for TPS Breaches

Article added:  01/04/2015

Direct Assist Ltd (a personal injury claims company) has been fined £80,000 by the ICO for making direct marketing calls to people without their consent.

An ICO investigation discovered Direct Assist instructed its staff to deliberately use phone numbers from lists they knew included people on the TPS and they did not screen them before calling.

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Direct Assist Ltd £80,000 for TPS Breaches

ICO raids call centre in Hove

Article added:  12/03/2015

Today, the ICO raided a call centre in Hove, Sussex thought to be responsible for making millions of nuisance calls.

It's believed that the business was using automatic dialling technology up to six million recorded telephone calls a day about Debt Management or Payment Protection Insurance (PPI). The calls were made anonymously by withholding the senders ID, were without consent and in such a way as to make it impossible to opt out of receiving them.

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ICO raids call centre in Hove

New rules affecting cold calling coming 6th April 2015

Article added:  10/03/2015

On 6th April this year the ICO will get some new powers following a recent announcement by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that it will make it easier for the ICO to take action against companies making nuisance calls and sending spam texts.

The ICO currently has the power to issue monetary penalties of up to £500,000, but to do so requires them prove ‘substantial damage or distress’. We won't bore you with what that means, but the point is that test will no longer apply and businesses can now expect the ICO to be levying fines pretty much when it feels like it. With no formal threshold in place, it seems that the ICO will have to use its 'discretion'. If you've ever dealt with a regulator, you'll understand when we say 'discretion' rarely seems to fall on the side of the business!

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New rules to cold calling from the ICO

PLT Anti-Marketing Ltd charges to 'block calls' still trading, despite government attempts to close it down.

Article added:  03/03/2015

Attempts to close down PLT Anti-Marketing Ltd, which charges £4 a month to stop junk mail and block unwanted calls, is still caught up in a legal wrangle with the UK Government.

PLT Anti Marketing wants to be allowed to tell customers that it uses the free services (TPS and MPS) to block unwanted mail and calls – but not that the services are available for free. It wants to be able to continue deceiving consumers into paying for a service that is not only free, but intended to be free.

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PLT Anti-Marketing Ltd

Kwik Fix Plumbers fined £90,000 for harassing elderly victims with nuisance calls

Article added:  22/01/2015

Kwik Fix Plumbers Ltd (formerly Boiler Shield Ltd) of Croydon have been fined £90,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for making nuisance calls harassing vulnerable individuals. In several cases, the calls resulted in older people paying for boiler insurance it appeared they didn’t need.

Kwik Fix Plumbers Ltd had 214 complaints to the ICO and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The complaints were received between 1st July 2013 and 31st March 2014. The recipients of the calls were already registered with the TPS and had not previously consented to being called by the company. However, Kwik Fix Plumbers Ltd continued to contact these people in breach of the law.

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Kwik Fix Plumbers Ltd (formerly Boiler Shield Ltd)

Nuisance Calls and Texts Task Force update

Article added:  16/12/2014

“This report takes a bit of reading, but if you have a team making outbound sales or marketing calls then I would urge you to spare the time and read it. You need to pay attention to the potential changes that are being discussed at the moment and how they might affect you and your business.”

Vince Costa-Barnett, Director TPS Services

The Nuisance Calls and Texts Task Force report Consent and Lead Generation was convened by Which? at the request of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), following the publication of the DCMS Nuisance Calls Action Plan in March 2014.

… Read the full article

Nuisance Calls Task Force Report

ICO gears up for aggressive fine campaign in 2015 - Part 2

Article added:  20/11/2014

In Part 1 we made you aware of the impending changes to the way in which fines for breaching TPS regulations were going to operate. Now we cover the kind of action that the ICO can take against your business if you fail to operate proper call screening procedures.

The problem

Where a consumer feels that they have received an unwanted marketing call, they can register their concern with the ICO by phone or online. The ICO has a dedicated team that considers complaints, investigates breaches and can take formal enforcement action against those organisations or individuals who breach them.

… Read the full article

ICO fines campaign

ICO gears up for aggressive fine campaign in 2015 - Part 1

Article added:  14/11/2014

The ICO is seeking to lower the legal threshold at which it can issue a fine to organisations contravening the TPS and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). This will cover direct marketing calls (live and automated), SMS text messages as well as fax messages and marketing emails.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is leading the consultation as it has ownership of the PECR, whilst the ICO has enforcement responsibility and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has policy responsibility for Data Protection.

… Read the full article


EMC Advisory Services Limited fined £70,000 for breaching TPS

Article added:  01/10/2014

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £70,000 fine to EMC Advisory Services Limited, a Devon based marketing firm, for making calls to people registered on the Telephone Preference Services (TPS).

The company was responsible for 630 complaints to the ICO and the TPS between 1st March 2013 and 28th February 2014. So to be clear, that’s only 52 complaints per month which probably equates to a tiny fraction of the calls made by the company, but resulted in a fine equating to £195 per complaint.

… Read the full article

EMC Advisory Services Limited

ICO orders Welsh company to stop making nuisance calls

Article added:  08/09/2014

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served Camarthen-based direct marketing company Winchester and Deakin Ltd (also trading as Rapid Legal and Scarlet Reclaim) with an enforcement notice ordering them to stop making nuisance calls.

The move comes after an investigation discovered they had made unsolicited marketing calls to people who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) or who had asked not to be contacted and for whom Winchester and Deakin Ltd had not properly screened their data against the TPS or an internal Do Not Call (DNC) list prior to making those calls.

… Read the full article

Reactiv Media

Reactiv Media fined £50,000 for breaching the TPS

Article added:  30/07/2014

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has served digital marketing company Reactiv Media Limited with a £50,000 fine after an investigation discovered they had made unsolicited marketing calls to people who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Between the period November 2012 and December 2013 the TPS received 481 complaints from individuals who had received unsolicited calls from Reactiv Media Limited despite being registered with the TPS. The ICO also received 120 complaints.

… Read the full article

Reactiv Media

Just how effective is Telephone Preference Service (TPS)?

Article added:  24/07/2014

Regardless of what people claim, signing up to the Telephone Preference Service does reduce the number of unsolicited live marketing or sales calls consumers receive by around one third and that's according to a recent report released by OFCOM.

The TPS is a free service for consumers enabling them to opt-out of receiving unsolicited live sales or marketing calls. Organisations are not supposed to make calls to consumers or companies who have signed up to the TPS register, unless they have given their prior consent. Some rogue companies ignore these rules, which is why some consumers registered with the TPS continue to receive nuisance marketing calls.

… Read the full article

Is the TPS effective?

Lord Faulks QC announces large fines faced by rogue claims firms bombarding people with nuisance calls.

Article added:  29/06/2014

Plans to increase the level of fines levied on firms that make nuisance calls have been given the go-ahead by the government.

Companies could face fines of up to 20% of their annual turnover for gathering information by the use of unsolicited calls and texts.

… Read the full article

Larger fines for rogue claims firms

‘Stop now’ order issued to Glasgow marketing company.

Article added:  16/06/2014

A marketing company based in Paisley, Glasgow has been ordered by The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to stop bombarding the public with nuisance marketing calls.

DC Marketing Limited made the calls to try and get people to purchase solar panels partly financed by the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. An ICO investigation found the company also frequently gave a false name to avoid detection.

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DC Marketing Limited

Man down! ADMAR Online hangs up its hat

Article added:  15/05/2014

Wragby-based data services specialists ADMAR online is set to close. The firm has been trading for close to 25 years, providing a data bureau service. However, at a meeting of its directors held on Tuesday May 6th they decided that it should close. The ADMAR website will be shut down as early as the week commencing 12th May 2014.

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Admar Online

Crackdown on nuisance calls promised

Article added:  01/04/2014

Firms which break the rules could face fines of up to 20% of their annual turnover

The wheels are in motion that could soon make it easier to fine firms that pester members of the public with nuisance calls, including breaches of the Telephone Preference Service (the Government back solution to stopping unwanted sales calls for consumers and businesses alike).

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Crackdown on nuisance calls

Marketing companies punished

Article added:  13/03/2014

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered two telephone marketing companies in North West England to clean up their practices after over 100 reports were made to the regulator that the companies were making nuisance marketing calls.

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Isisbyte Limited and SLM Connect Limited

New bill proposed to help with nuisance calls

Article added:  06/11/2013

Mr Alun Cairns, MP for The Vale of Glamorgan, has tabled a backbencher’s 10-minute rule bill in the House of Commons on the issue of Nuisance Calls.

The proposed new law would force companies to reveal their phone number to householders. This would enable people to complain effectively about cold-calling companies if they wanted to.

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DMA Launches TPS new TPS Assured scheme

Article added:  01/11/2013

On 31st October 2013, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) announced its new TPS Assured scheme for responsible telemarketers.

The new scheme is aimed at helping to promote an organisations compliance to good telemarketing practice and to demonstrate this to both its prospective clients and the public generally by the use of new TPS Assured logo.

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TPS Assured

ICO calls on MP’s to change the law to help them clampdown on nuisance calls

Article added:  11/10/2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has urged MPs to change the law if they want to see the number of cold calls cut.

Simon Entwisle, the ICO’s Director of Operations, asked the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to make it easier for the ICO to issue more fines to companies behind the calls.

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ICO calls on MP's to change law on nuisance calls

Energy Company Fined

Article added:  08/07/2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a Manchester company with a fine of £45,000 for blighting the public with unwanted marketing calls.

The ICO proposed to issue a fine of £90,000, but after taking into account the company’s financial situation it reduced the fine to £45,000.

Tameside Energy Services Limited describes itself as a company which offers a range of energy efficiency improvements. Between 26 May 2011 and 31 January 2013 the company was found to be responsible for over 1,000 complaints to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and the ICO. In one case an 80 year old lady decided to complain after continuing to receive calls despite informing the company on 20 separate occasions that they must stop.

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Tameside Energy Services Limited

TV cold-calling company fined £225,000 after thousands of nuisance calls uncovered

Article added:  18/06/2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today issued two fines totalling £225,000 to two companies at the centre of the BBC Three programme ‘The Call Centre’. The fines include the first fine issued against a company linked to nuisance calls relating to Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).

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Nationwide Energy Services and We Claim You Gain

Nuisance phone calls 'complete review of the current system is desperately needed'

Article added:  11/06/2013

A recent survey by consumer champions Which? (www.which.co.uk) found that 85% of people are still being plagued by unwanted phone calls, with one in 10 of them receiving, on average, a whopping 50 or more unsolicited calls each month.

Nearly nineteen million phone numbers are registered on the TPS, but it seems that many of the registered TPS users interviewed by Which? were not happy with the service.

Which? sampled 2,070 people in the UK and about 6 in 10 people registered with the TPS were not satisfied with its service.

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Nuisance phone call survey by which

Glasgow Company Fined

Article added:  20/03/2013

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a fine of £90,000 to a company that has blighted the public with thousands of unwanted marketing calls.

DM Design, based in Glasgow, has been the subject of nearly 2,000 complaints to the ICO and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The company consistently failed to check whether individuals had opted out of receiving marketing calls – in clear breach of the law - and responded to just a handful of the complaints received.

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DM Design

Ukash Scam

Article added:  29/01/2013

These days we‘ve all become accustomed to new ways of doing things, including how we pay people. What was once cheques, became credit cards which morphed into online payments, PayPal and the list seems never ending.

But there is a new breed of electronic payment that has lent itself to wide scale fraud and our acceptance of embracing new ways of doing things is leaving thousands of consumers out of pocket.

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Ukash Scam

Bogus TPS Calls

Article added:  08/01/2013

The Telephone Preference Service is run by the Direct Marketing Association on behalf of Ofcom and is completely free to consumers.

The TPS will not call a subscriber of the service to ask for personal details or payment to complete a registration.

If you have registered via the web and have received an e-mail confirmation and clicked on the attached link, that's it! Your number will be registered for FREE on the TPS register which is used by thousands of legitimate companies to screen their outbound call lists.

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Bogus TPS Calls

Cold Calling victim who fought back

Article added:  27/10/2012

Complaints about unsolicited calls and texts from sales and marketing companies have reached an all-time high, but one man took it upon himself to fight back.

A man from Middlesex, successfully claimed back the cost of his time from a firm which called him when he had specifically asked them not to.

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