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ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

Anonymous Coward

Doesn't surprise me ...

Dealt with them a few years ago ...

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P.S.

We're going bust later this week to avoid the fine but will be back in business with a slightly different name next week.

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Anonymous Coward

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Companies house shows one of their directors as having over 50 active directorships (of a total of 155). Lots of businesses only trading for short periods...

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We're going bust later this week to avoid the fine

Certainly what we've come to expect, but a look at Companies House shows that in 2014 and 2015 Onecom were raking about £10m a year of profit after tax on turnover of around £55m. They can certainly afford to pay the fine.

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Phoenix companies were my number one pet hate until I had protracted correspondence about it with the relevant Minister of State a few years back. He said there was no evidence that this sort of thing was a serious issue. Of course he was lying. So I transferred my number one pet hate to Ministers.

Pleasingly, shortly after our correspondence, that particular Minister was sent to prison for lying:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Aitken#Libel.2C_arrest_and_prison

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"In a statement, the business said: "Onecom operates in a highly regulated sector and is utterly committed to upholding the highest standards in all our communications with our clients and the public. Consequently we consider this incident to have been most serious and have undertaken an internal review which has resulted in our further tightening our systems and controls to ensure that there is no repetition. We are pleased to note that no subsequent complaints have been received and that the Information Commissioner has acknowledged our remedial measures."

Which translated from insincere grovelling PR drivel:

"We will endeavour not to get caught and fined next time and instead will use a shell company out of Belize for all future marketing campaigns"

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Behold... Vikings!!!

Spam spam spam spam,

Spam spam spam spam,

Spam spam spam spam,

Spammity spam,

Oh spammity spam...

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"In a statement, the business said: "Onecom operates in a highly regulated sector and is utterly committed to upholding the highest standards in all our communications with our clients and the public."

So committed you sent spam.

"Consequently we consider this incident to have been most serious and have undertaken an internal review which has resulted in our further tightening our systems and controls to ensure that there is no repetition. We are pleased to note that no subsequent complaints have been received and that the Information Commissioner has acknowledged our remedial measures."

A review that makes the ICO think you are doing something and to hopefully reduce the fine.

Same time next month with a different company name?

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Anonymous Coward

True story ..

Onecom lost out in a tender for a major UK financial services company.

They sent one of their directors to talk to the CEO on the golf course, like some shoolgirls Mum.

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Coat

cheep at thrice the price

less than a penny per text. Cool Beanz Bro.

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Re: cheep at thrice the price

Beat me to it. At that price, companies can just factor the fine into their business model.

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