Spam texters fined £440,000

On  28th November 2012 the Information Commissioner’s Office fined two owners of a marketing company £440,000 after they plagued the public with millions of spam texts.

The ICO used its power to issue a monetary penalty for the first time after the pair were found to have breached the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations that came into force in January. The commissioner’s office is also considering fines for three other companies as it continues its crackdown on the illegal marketing industry.

Today’s penalty followed an 18-month investigation into the activities of Tetrus Telecoms, jointly owned by Christopher Niebel and Gary McNeish.

The ICO received intelligence in May 2011 that the company was sending huge volumes of unsolicited texts from offices in Stockport and Birmingham, without the consent of the recipient and without identifying the sender. The texts were largely related to personal injury and PPI claims.

Courtesy of the Law Society Gazette