More businesses fined for direct marketing telephone calls

In December last year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) warned companies making nuisance calls to expect more fines in 2016. The ICO has stuck to its promise and recently issued two monetary penalty notices, totalling £150,000, on two separate companies for making direct marketing telephone calls in breach of the Privacy Regulations 2003.

It fined the first £80,000 for making unsolicited telephone calls to sell solar panels and other green energy saving equipment to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service. The second was fined £70,000 for making close to 40,000 automated calls without consent in one day, many in the middle of the night and during the early hours of the morning, inviting individuals to purchase a security system.