As part of its ongoing crackdown on nuisance calls, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that it will be contacting over 1,000 companies involved in the compiling and trading of personal data to investigate their practices and ensure they are acting lawfully.
The regulator will be writing out to businesses this week requesting information on the data these firms hold and share; how this data is collected; and the details of companies that they have worked with in the past six months. The regulator will also be issuing three fines to businesses this week.
Commenting on today’s announcement, our executive director Richard Lloyd said:
‘Millions of people are still being plagued with nuisance calls, so it’s good the ICO is continuing to crack down on firms that are flouting the rules.
‘We now need to see much tougher penalties for senior executives of companies making unlawful calls, including board directors being held personally accountable.’