Increased financial penalties will come into force later this month as part of amendments to the UK’s Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).
Data protection watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO will also be given greater investigatory and auditory powers).
The changes to PECR will allow the ICO to fine businesses and other organisations for serious breaches of the regulations, including sending unwanted marketing emails and texts as well as making live and automated marketing phone calls. It can already administer fines of up to £500,000 for data protection offences.
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