Mike Crockart today published his Private Member’s Bill to tighten the regulation of nuisance calls and texts.
The Communication (Unsolicited Telephone Calls and Texts) Bill aims to give regulators more powers to tackle nuisance calls and texts, and looks to reform the way personal data can be traded. Mike Crockart said:
‘I am delighted that I have this opportunity to change the legislation and have a positive impact of the everyday lives of millions of people across the UK.
‘I have worked closely with the consumer group Which? on the detail of the Bill, listening carefully to the arguments made by consumers during the ‘Calling Time’ road shows. The message was very clear - people are sick of being pestered day in and day out and we need to take action immediately.’
We fully support this Bill which rightly aims to tackle the scourge of nuisance calls and texts and help put people back in control of their personal data.
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Many of you have told us about the creative ways you handle nuisance calls, from blowing whistles down the phone to telling tall tales to confuse callers.
And last week we gave Lee Beaumont our Comment of the Week for sharing how he has turned the table on cold callers:
‘I have a 0871 as my home number. I have this so I make money when PPI/cold callers phone me.’
Lee’s tactic isn’t something we’d recommend – we don’t think you should have to set up a premium rate number to get back at nuisance callers. It might reduce the amount of money Lee makes with his 0871 number (as a regular, we’re sure he’ll forgive us for this), but we don’t think you should have to put up with nuisance calls at all!
So if you get interrupted by a nuisance call, make sure to fight back by reporting them with our simple tool. If more of us complain, it will send a clear message that more needs to be done to stop this menace.
In more good news for our campaign, the ICO and Ofcom have announced a formal partnership to take on nuisance calls and texts.
In a win for our 81,000 supporters, the government has announced plans to strengthen laws so that it's easier for regulators to punish nuisance calling companies.