" ... and illegal trade of personal data may find themselves subject to ICO action." - up to and including gentle slap on the wrist.
The ultimate threat
"Stop doing that, or else I'll tell you to stop doing that again"
Re: The ultimate threat
or else I'll tell you to stop doing that again
Possibly, but note this is a criminal investigation, not an ICO civil investigation. They'll need to put a case in front of a court, and a judge will decide any appropriate penalty, which can include leisure time in one Her Maj's residential establishments.
Re: The ultimate threat
They will probably fine them and let them declare bankruptcy.
ICO - The organisation connected to the government that sends shivers down the spines of wrong doers and fills their bellies full of laughs.
"up to and including gentle slap on the wrist."
They've been handing out much bigger fines recently. The current ICO looks as if she means business. At least if the businesses fold the ICO have something already in their possession to confiscate.
ICO is supposed to be "taxpayer neutral" going forward, so they'll have to find a way to fund themselves. It seems logical to me that fines will be the funding source.
Expect fines to be given out more frequently and for them to be significantly increased. Once GDPR officially comes into play later this month, I wouldn't be surprised if ICO's fines were at least an order of magnitude higher in general.
Fines are only a deterrent if the money can be claimed from the owners even if the go in to administration and before the can start back up under a different name, of course this doesn't work when it's from an Indian call centre, employing underpaid mindless droids !
I got a call from some cowboy about "the accident in the last three years". Couldn't even give me an approximate date or any other details of the accident. Also as my NCD will attest I haven't had an accident in the last three years. Maybe somebody has stolen data from a car repair company, but not the gits who called me.
RE: the accident in the last three years
Probably some other scammer trying to trick you into a scam about some other scammer. IOW, a recursive scam.
Just reply: "yes, it was a very serious accident indeed. In fact, I died. I am dead. You are talking to a ghost."
Would this ban Google and FaceBitch from collecting and selling the personal info they acquired from reading email?
There is one entity who has all details of every claim made and which in my opinion is worthy of 'forensic investigation' i.e. the Motor Insurers' Database in Milton Keynes.
So who do I complain to having recently started to receive nuisance messages from... a car repair centre I bought a few parts from several centuries ago (they didn't even get to service the bloody car!)...?
Well you start by complaining to the car repair centre itself (ask them to remove your details and not to contact you). If that doesn't work then you can take it to the ICO.