Company bosses and firms could face fines of up to £1 million under tough new Government plans aimed at tackling nuisance calls.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Coventry firm Easyleads Limited £260,000 for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.
It brings the penalties handed out in the last week to companies behind illegal recorded messages to £610,000, after the ICO fined Welsh-based Your Money Rights.
Today the DMA launches TPS Protect, a new app to help consumers avoid nuisance and scam calls. Developed in partnership with First Orion, the app offers an easier way for consumers to avoid unwanted calls, register their mobile number with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) and quickly register complaints about nuisance or scam calls. Available on Android and Apple handsets, users can benefit from the app as soon as it’s downloaded, completely free. New users will also receive a free 60 day trial of the additional paid-for features available.