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ePrivacy Rules Set to Change

/ Laws and Regulations, News and Updates

The next couple of months are expected to bring a number of key changes - especially following the surprise announcement of a general election taking place on the 8th June. One change, though, has come with a little bit more warning, which means businesses should take the necessary steps to ensure that they are ready for them. Pleading ignorance will not be an excuse!
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How You Can Protect Yourself from Receiving Nuisance Calls

/ Laws and Regulations, News and Updates

Nuisance calls can cause a great deal of disruption in people’s lives, particularly for those who are receiving unsolicited phone calls on a daily basis. Having your mobile unexpectedly vibrate during a meeting is bad enough, but it is the least of some people’s worries. Elderly people are often woken and panicked by unexpected calls from unfamiliar numbers. People waiting for important medical news about families can be caused severe distress. But even if you consider nuisance calls a slight annoyance you have to deal with every now and then, there are steps which you can take to reduce your likelihood of receiving them.
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How a Company Selling Nuisance-Call Blocking Services was Fined £40,000 for Making Nuisance Calls

/ Laws and Regulations, News and Updates, TPS Compliant

Nuisance calls are something which all companies should avoid at all costs. It doesn’t only hurt the people receiving them, but it hurts the telecommunications industry and its public perception. People never want to receive cold calls, but there have been cases of parents waiting for medical updates regarding their children, elderly people being awoken in fear in the night, and many, many more instances that are worse than just a mildly annoying disturbance as you’re doing your weekly shop. Still, even when only minor damage is caused, there is still inconvenience and upset which is always going to put companies’ relationships with their customers in jeopardy.
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ICO Annual Report – Will we see a drop in complaints?

/ Laws and Regulations, News and Updates

The ICO has recently released its Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2014/15. With regards to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), a total of 180,000 concerns were reported by the public over the last year. The Information Commissioner however, is confident that the enhanced powers that were granted by the Government in April will allow them to "nail more of these merchants of menace" - those merchants of menace being the companies who make unsolicited marketing calls and texts to consumers.
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How the Changes to Call Charges Affect You


On the 1st of July 2015 Ofcom introduced a significant change in the way consumers are charged for dialling service telephone numbers (that's any number beginning with 084, 087, 09 or 118). In order to make things clearer for callers, organisations are now required to state a totally new charging structure wherever they advertise such numbers. Before the 1st July, calls to service numbers tended to be advertised in a certain way:
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