UK Privacy Watchdog Seeks To Expand Telemarketing Powers

Law360, Chicago (September 11, 2013, 6:34 PM ET) -- The U.K.’s privacy watchdog urged Parliament on Tuesday to amend consumer protection laws to give the regulator more leeway to fine telemarketers over nuisance phone calls.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said in a statement that it would ask a parliamentary committee to allow it to issue more monetary penalties, which are currently reserved only for instances where the regulator can show the calls and texts are causing substantial damage or distress.

This effectively limits enforcement to companies that flood consumers with thousands of calls, but recent...
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