ICO fines spam texter

25th November 2015 • News

A PPI claims company that sent more than 1.3 million spam texts has been fined £80,000 by the ICO.

This is the first of three fines totalling £250,000 that the ICO will issue this week to companies behind nuisance calls and texts.

UKMS Money Solutions (UKMS) used mobile phone numbers it had bought from list brokers to encourage people to make a claim for PPI compensation. However the Birmingham-based firm did not check that the people had agreed to receive marketing text messages – something they are legally required to ensure.

Andy Curry, Enforcement Manager at the ICO, said: “UKMS relied on their data suppliers’ word that the people on the lists had agreed to be contacted. That’s simply not good enough. UKMS should have known that the responsibility to ensure they had the right consent to send messages to people rests with them.”

Later this week the ICO will fine another two companies, this time for making nuisance telephone calls. This will bring the total number of fines issued over the last four months around nuisance marketing to £1m.

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