ROGUE firms who plague the public with spam texts face prosecution and fines in a crackdown on the illegal use of data, regulators have warned. Many of the texts sent out every day tell the recipient they are entitled to compensation from accidents or personal injury claims or from the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance.Yes they are pests and I think the regulator is right to come down hard on them. Personally I tend to take their phone number and paste it all over a few online survey sites I know of along with any email addresses of theirs such as firstname.lastname@example.org telephone number 07881207486 and return the complement. After all, if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me, even if they are a genuine company, I simply do not want their custom and I do not wish to be bothered by them. If I want something I'll contact them, is that so hard?
But yesterday the Information Commissioner's Office fined two men £440,000 for a scam which generated massive profits from sending out 840,000 spam texts a day.
This is the first time that the ICO has used its power to issue a fine for a serious breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations since powers were approved earlier this year.
It is also considering issuing penalties to three other companies.
Christopher Graham, information commissioner, said: "The public have told us that they are distressed and annoyed by the constant bombardment of illegal texts and calls and we are currently cracking down on the companies responsible, using the full force of the law.