Spam text senders face fines of up to £500,000

Two people responsible for sending out millions of spam texts offering accident compensation and payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling services face fines totalling about half a million pounds, following a crackdown by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Another eight companies could face similar fines as the data enforcement office concentrates on unsolicited texts, which its research has shown is one of the most annoying examples of unwanted marketing people receive.

The case is the first of its kind in which the ICO has used its new powers to levy fines of up to £500,000 for misuse of personal data — via

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