ADC Organisation prosecuted for data protection offences
ICO prosecutes debt company for breaching marketing rules
A Manchester debt recovery company has been successfully prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for bombarding individuals and businesses with unwanted faxes. The action follows thousands of complaints from individuals and businesses to the ICO and the Fax Preference Service (FPS).
ADC Organisation Ltd (ADC) pleaded guilty to six charges under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and has been fined £600 (£100 per charge). The organisation was also ordered to pay £1,926.25 in costs. ADC must pay a total of £2,526.25 in fines and costs.
Last year the ICO issued ADC with an Enforcement Notice ordering the company to stop sending unwanted faxes to individuals and companies who were registered with the FPS or who had not given consent to receiving such faxes. Since then the ICO and the FPS have received over 2,000 complaints about ADC.
Mick Gorrill, Assistant Commissioner, said: “Unsolicited marketing faxes can be just as irritating and intrusive as unwanted marketing phone calls. This practice is unacceptable and our action against ADC sends out a strong signal to any unscrupulous businesses that flout the rules.”