Fed up of cold callers and junk mail?

In Privacy on August 3, 2006 at 10:34 am

Are you fed up with unsolicited sales calls, faxes and junk mail? The Mail, Telephone and Fax preference services can help you put a stop to all this.

Under Government legislation introduced on 1st May 1999 and replaced on 11th December 2003 by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, it is unlawful to make unsolicited direct marketing or faxes to individuals who have indicated that they do not want to receive them.

The telephone preference service helps to make sure your number is no longer available to sales companies, charities and organisations who may telephone you with offers you don’t wish to receive. Mobile phone numbers can also be registered for the service.The facsimile preference service helps prevent unsolicited faxes too.

The mail preference service was set up 20 years ago and funded by the direct mail industry to enable consumers to have their names and home addresses in the UK removed from or added to lists used by the industry. It is actively supported by the Royal Mail and all directly involved trade associations and fully supported by The Information Commissioners Office.

All of these services are completely free to use.

It may take a few weeks at least for them to come into full effect, but after this time, unsolicited companies should not contact you. If this happens, simply inform them that you have subscribed to the appropriate preference service and no longer wish to receive marketing offers. In the case of further contact you should make an official complaint to the company involved.

It is illegal to be sent marketing offers by SMS unless you have agreed with the company involved. As such, there is no preference service for sms. If you do receive unsolicited sms, you should send a “stop” notice to the sms number it originated from.

It’s a pity that no central organisation can be set up to prevent unsolicited emails… For now, we simply have to rely on our email spam filters and the wondorous company called Blue Frog. But who knows what the future of electronic communications may hold?


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