Report on nuisance calls welcomed by Huppert

1 November, 2013 No Comments

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, who worked on a campaign against unscrupulous marketing, has welcomed a cross-party report which calls for a change in the law to deal with the issue.

The report is the result of an inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuisance Calls of which Julian is a member. It took evidence from telecoms providers, regulators, consumer groups and members of the public of the problem of nuisance calls.

The APPG launched the inquiry in July in a bid to find a solution to the problem and identify where the present law needs to be strengthened.

Julian also backed a Private Members Bill on unsolicited phone calls and texts by APPG  Co-Chair Mike Crockart which is due to have its Second Reading in the House of Commons today (Friday, November 1).

“We have all been subject to unwanted marketing phone calls and texts,” said Julian. “For most of us they are simply annoying but for vulnerable people they can be dangerous as they are persuaded to buy goods and services they don’t want or need.

“I want to see greater safeguards on our data so that we cannot be targeted in this way. This report clearly sets out recommendations which can easily be implemented by government and industry to offer greater protection.”

Richard Lloyd, Executive Director of Which? said: “Millions of us are being bombarded with nuisance calls and texts and people are totally sick and tired of it. We’re pleased to see MPs recognising that the current system is failing the public and that the government must go further and faster to call time on this menace.

“We need to see the law strengthened so people have greater control over use of their personal data and to make it easier for regulators to take action against companies breaking the rules.”

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