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PECR Fines for nuisance fax - but not enough - February 2008

February 2008

There has been a recent successful prosecution under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations for sending unsolicited marketing faxes but the fines levied (after a huge number of complaints had been received) were minimal at £600 plus costs. The company ADC was told to pay £100 per charge for faxing contacts listed on the Fax Preference Service which has statutory weight under the regulations.

2,000 complaints about the company were reported to be received by FPS and there was disappointment in some quarters that the fines were not more significant.

 

The case also shows that the ICO’s powers to be able to take swift action need to be improved.


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