The UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), has imposed a fine of £350,000 on Prodial Ltd (“Prodial”) for making over 46 million unsolicited automated telephone calls to generate leads in relation to payment protection insurance refunds.  This is the highest fine issued by the ICO to date.
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On 20 March 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced that it had issued a fine of £90,000 against DM Design, a Glasgow-based kitchen and bedroom fitting company, for breaching the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) by making thousands of unwanted direct marketing calls.  This fine, made two years after the ICO was first granted the power to issue fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of the PECR, apparently marks the start of a new enforcement campaign against companies breaching the PECR.  The ICO stated in its announcement that the fine against DM Design will not be “an isolated penalty,” and confirmed that twelve other companies also are now under investigation for direct marketing breaches, and that two of these will apparently receive “significant penalties” over the coming weeks.

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