European Data Protection Digest

Telecoms Fines Jump from £50,000 to £2 Million

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

April 2, 2010

The government has increased the upper limit of fines to £2 million in a bid to deter companies from the misuse of phone networks, OUT-LAW.com reports. Telecoms regulator Ofcom will now have the power to issue fines of £2 million, up from the current level of £50,000, in an effort to provide "greater ability to deter and punish companies that ignore the guidelines in this area" a government statement explains. "Companies who make nuisance calls by abusing automated equipment should face the consequences, which is why those who break the rules will be fined with a hefty penalty of up to £2m," said Kevin Brennan, consumer affairs minister.
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