The ICO reports that since the laws were changed in April 2015 to make it easier to fine companies behind nuisance calls, over £2.7m in penalties have been issued, but £2.26m remains unpaid. This is due to a number of limited companies being set up to make these calls, which then go into liquidation as a way out of paying the fines. The ICO neatly describes this as “directors leaving by the back door as [the ICO is] coming through the front door”.
However, the Government has announced plans to make directors accountable. As early as Spring 2017 directors could be fined up to £500,000 each for a breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
A welcome announcement for the many of us that receive these calls!
Closing the back door on nuisance call directors Posted on October 24, 2016 by icocomms By Andy Curry, Enforcement Group Manager. Since the government changed the law in April 2015 to make it easier for us to fine the companies behind nuisance calls, we’ve issued more than £2.7 million in penalties. It’s a figure that sends out a clear message that the companies behind this nuisance will be held to account. But another statistic is less welcome. Only 6 of the 27 fines were paid in full. Or to put it another way, £2.26million of the penalties we’ve issued remain entirely unpaid.