UK Watchdog Issues 1st Fine Under Illegal Marketing Regs

Law360, New York (November 28, 2012, 3:08 PM EST) -- The owners of marketing company Tetrus Telecoms on Wednesday were fined £440,000 ($704,000) for allegedly sending millions of spam texts in what the U.K.’s privacy watchdog said was its first-ever monetary penalty for the violation of electronic communications regulations.

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office said the fine follows an 18-month investigation into Tetrus Telecoms, which is jointly owned by Christopher Niebel and Gary McNeish.

“The ICO became aware of Tetrus Telecoms after receiving information in May 2011 that the company was sending huge volumes of unsolicited...
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