A company that instructed a firm in Belize to send around 64,000 spam texts promoting loans on its behalf has been fined £20,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Munee Hut operated out of Grade II listed Eyebrow Cottage (pictured), the oldest building still standing in the south Manchester town of Sale.
An ICO investigation was prompted by hundreds of complaints from the public about the spam texts. It revealed that the loans firm had obtained the personal details used to send the messages from a variety of loan and prize draw websites. None of these sites indicated the data would be used for sending marketing text messages from Munee Hut.
Steve Eckersley, ICO Head of Enforcement, said: “Paying an overseas company to send text messages for you is not a get-out for failing to comply with the law. Munee Hut should have taken responsibility for ensuring that proper and specific consent to send the messages had been obtained.”
In addition to the £20,000 fine, Munee Hut has also been issued with a legal notice compelling it to stop instigating the sending of unlawful text messages. Failure to comply with this could result in court action for the lexicographically-challenged company.