The Info Commissioner’s Workplace (ICO) has fined OSL Monetary Consultancy Restricted (OSL) in Lincolnshire £50,000 for illegally sending over 174,000 nuisance advertising and marketing texts.
The offences occurred between March and June 2020, as the corporate sought to reap the benefits of the coronavirus pandemic.
The nuisance textual content messages associated to the drop in Purchase to Let mortgage rates of interest, with the corporate proclaiming their innocence that they did certainly have consent.
In the course of the ICO’s investigation it found that OSL had gathered private knowledge from members of the general public who had contacted them by way of their web site. Because the folks had been unable to grant consent for advertising and marketing functions, the ICO discovered that the offences had been dedicated below the digital advertising and marketing legislation.
Natasha Longson, ICO Investigations Group Supervisor, mentioned:
“The principles about digital advertising and marketing are easy and clear. Consent should be freely given and it should not be a situation of receiving service.
“Nuisance texts, calls and emails are an undesirable and annoying intrusion into folks’s lives and we are going to proceed to take motion in opposition to these that don’t adjust to the legislation.”