A Hampshire company has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending millions of spam texts about mobile phone upgrades.
The ICO’s investigation, informed by more than 1,000 complaints from the public, found Onecom Limited broke the law which sets out strict rules about the consent people must give to receive marketing text messages.
Between 26 October 2015 and 2 June 2016, 1,050 complaints were made to the '7726 spam text reporting service', or directly to the ICO, about the text messages.
Onecom could not provide evidence to the ICO explaining the source of the data used to send the 1,050 text messages. The firm could also not provide evidence that it had consent to send the text messages. Onecom confirmed it had sent 3.3m text messages between 1 October 2015 and 31 March 2016.