Fines for nuisance calls get government backing.

Elderly people receiving nuisance calls may be relieved to hear that company bosses could be personally fined for their businesses making the calls.

Most householders receive nuisance calls, but it is generally the elderly that are the most affected by the pressure from the callers wanting to make a quick sale.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said “Nuisance callers are a blight on society, causing significant distress to elderly and vulnerable people. We have been clear that we will not stand for this continued harassment, and this latest amendment to the law will strike another blow to those businesses and company bosses responsible.”

MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Steve Brine has been a long-term campaigner trying to tackle this issue and expressed his delight that from Spring 2017, company bosses and firm directors can be fined up to £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if they are found to be in breach of regulations.

Mr Brine said: “A group of us carried out a huge amount of work on this in the last Parliament, and while these calls are merely extremely frustrating for many of my constituents, they also cause a huge amount of worry among older and more vulnerable residents. This is excellent news, and this new legislation could not be clearer for rogue bosses.”

The government are now providing the ICO with the power to hold company directors personally responsible for nuisance calls made by their firm.

This is only one of a number of new measures being introduced by the government in its attempts to campaign against nuisance callers, and to try and protect the personal data of UK citizens.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said “The people running nuisance call companies have little regard for the anxiety and upset they cause all in the name of turning fast profit. We are inundated with complaints from people who are left shaken and distressed by the intrusion on their daily lives.”

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