Two people fined $800,000 for spreading spam text messages in the U.K.

Two people fined $800,000 for spreading spam text messages in the U.K.
Chances are that if you own a cell phone, you've been subjected at least once to unwanted text messages containing advertisements, otherwise known as spam. These texts are annoying, to say the least, and opting out of such promotional schemes isn't always easy. Yet in the U.K., authorities are actively fighting against mobile spam by imposing some pretty hefty penalties – half a million pounds (roughly $807,550) is what two people have been fined after sending out millions of ad-containing messages to cell phone users. 

This is the first case of anyone being fined by the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office for sending out spam via text messages. Among the violations that lead to the authority's decision are the lack of a sender's name in the texts, and that people could not unsubscribe by texting back "STOP" to the sender's number. What makes matters even worse is that upon attempting to opt out, the subscriber's number gets automatically added to a new list that is then being sold to other mobile marketers. Oh, and by the way, texting ads to people who have not subscribed is illegal in the U.K., so these latter companies might be getting a visit from authorities pretty soon.

The spammers have 28 days to state their response in attempt to prove that sending those millions of texts did not violate the law. Failure to do so would result in the culprits becoming liable for the $800,000 fee. Eight other companies might be next on the list for conducting similar practices.

source: Guardian

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5 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

Unlikely source of income, very handy in this tight economic situation LOL

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You might think it's gross but I like a SPAM egg & cheese breakfast sandwich from time to time. It's actually really tasty. Just cut 2 thin slices & fry it on a non stick pan. Then cook your egg any way. I like it scrambled or fried & put a slice of your favorite cheese & your favorite bread & you got a VERY tasty meal. You really can't eat to much of that though because A. it's processed meat so it's not that healthy & B. it has a lot of nitrates which are definitely not good for you. In moderation it's alright. Once a month for me. lol Yeah I know if off topic but I felt I needed to share because I feel SPAM has a bad wrap! lol

3. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

I shouldn't have read this article just before I'm about to go food shopping. Spam fritters have now been added to my shopping list.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

+1. Just try it & you will like it. It's different & it really is tasty. I love sausage, bacon & ham but sometimes something different goes a long way. Enjoy!

5. cptbeatstix

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

I love how the comments are already on SPAM instead of whatever this article was about.

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