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ICO Fines UK Business ISP Onecom £100,000 For 3.3 Million SPAM Texts

Postby sunnyd » Thu May 18, 2017 11:07 am

Story : http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2017/05/ico-fines-uk-business-isp-onecom-10





The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has hit Hampshire-based business broadband ISP Onecom with a fine of £100,000 after they “broke the law” by sending millions of SPAM texts about mobile phone upgrades, which triggered 1,050 complaints from the public.

The rules prevent companies from sending electronic mail marketing (inc. TXTs) to individuals, unless they have specifically consented to receive it or “they are an existing customer who bought (or negotiated to buy) a similar product or service from you in the past, and you gave them a simple way to opt out both when you first collected their details and in every message you have sent.”

In this case Onecom appears to have sent masses of text messages to people (between 1st October 2015 and 31st March 2016) and all without first ensuring that they complied with the current law (as above). Apparently Onecom “could not provide evidence to the ICO explaining the source of the data used” and neither could they provide evidence to show that the recipients had consented to receive the messages.







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