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!