ICO issues £200k fine for unsolicited text messages without valid consent

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a £200,000 fine to Tax Return Limited (“TRL”) for sending out 14.8m unsolicited marketing text messages (which generated 2146 complaints). The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2003 (PECR) only permit the sending of marketing emails or text messages if the recipient consents to receiving the messages or is a …

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Which? highlights retailers breaching data protection and privacy laws with their e-receipts

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Research from consumer rights guardian Which? has highlighted the data protection dangers of e-receipts and that some retailers are in breach of data protection and privacy rules when it comes to using them to direct market. Which? sent mystery shoppers to various high street brands and asked to receive e-receipts but with no marketing. However, …

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MailChimp removes and puts back double opt-in for EU users

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If you’re a MailChimp user you may have received a couple of emails from them recently about their position on double opt-in defaults. Up until October 31st (2017) MailChimp used a double opt-in feature which meant when someone signs up to your email list they receive an email asking them to confirm the subscription – …

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