The ICO has fined a green energy company, Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELM) £200,000 after ruling it recklessly broke marketing call regulations. An ICO investigation discovered that HELM made over six million calls as part of a massive automated call marketing campaign offering ‘free’ solar panels. This is the largest fine the ICO… Read more »
A majority of websites and mobile applications assessed as part of a global privacy sweep are collecting personal information from children – some of which can be particularly sensitive – and sharing it with third parties. The results of the third annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep show that many are also failing to… Read more »
Commission Also Announces Winners of National Day of Civic Hacking Analytic Challenge The Federal Trade Commission announced that judges for its Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back contest selected a first place winner for the $25,000 cash prize for building a mobile app that blocks and forwards robocalls to a crowd-sourced honeypot. Ethan Garr and Bryan Moyles… Read more »
The Federal Communications Commission announced a $2.96 million fine against Travel Club Marketing, Inc., its related companies, and the companies’ owner Olen Miller. Travel Club Marketing, based in Tampa, Florida, made or initiated at least 185 “robocalls,” all of which were unsolicited, prerecorded advertising calls to over 142 consumers who had not consented to the robocalls… Read more »
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 10,387 checks totaling more than $969,000 to consumers who lost money to a credit card interest rate reduction scam. The FTC sued Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB), a telemarketing operation that falsely promised consumers it could reduce their credit card interest rates and save them thousands of dollars on their… Read more »
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay $150,000 as part of an undertaking for alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Porter Airlines was cooperative and immediately took corrective actions to comply with the legislation. Read more… Read more »
The ICO has today raided a business believed to be behind millions of nuisance calls. ICO staff searched a south Manchester call centre and related office they believed contained an automatic dialler suspected of making 100,000 calls a day. It is thought the business made automated calls playing a recorded message. People who responded to… Read more »
June 23, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau Three Montreal‑based telemarketers have been sentenced by the Court of Québec for their role in a deceptive telemarketing operation that sold business directories, subscriptions to online directories, office supplies and first aid kits using misleading sales techniques that targeted thousands of businesses in Canada, the United… Read more »
A coordinated and action-oriented approach to unwanted and fraudulent spam, SMS messages and unwanted telemarketing calls were the goals of the June 8-12 meeting in Dublin of the “London Action Plan.” (LAP). LAP is a public-private network of regulators, enforcers, technologists, and anti-abuse professionals. LAP continues to identify ways to protect consumers through coordinated international… Read more »
On April 28, 2015, Cloudmark released its 2015 Q1 Security Threat Report which underscored the beneficial impact that Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) has had on spam in Canada since it came into force on July 1, 2015. The Cloudmark report had the following to say on CASL: “On July 1st of last year, a stringent anti-spam… Read more »
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