European Data Protection Digest

Spam Texts Causing Concern, ICO Cracks Down

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

December 9, 2011

A recent study found that 700 of 1,014 Britons surveyed feel spam text messages "cause them concern," and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) earlier this year launched an investigation into the problem, reports The Guardian. The majority of the messages offer accident compensation claims, with payment protection and debt settlement messages taking second and third, according to the study. ICO Operations Director Simon Entwisle is working with the Ministry of Justice, the Office of Fair Trading and others to tackle the problem, and says "Significant progress has been made" in tracking down the spammers, adding, "This is an ongoing challenge."
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