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Call centre issues six million spam texts

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Privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has raided a Welsh call centre which it thinks bombarded the UK with six million spam texts.

The unnamed call centre was in Llanelli and the ICO used information from the Ministry of Justice, telecoms firms and its own spam-reporting tool to identify where the texts were coming from. Computer servers and documents were seized in the raid and taken for further examination. The ICO will now consider what action to take against the company.

Anne Jones, assistant commissioner for Wales, said the address was connected to a vast spam text operation responsible for sending out millions of text messages that have caused nuisance to thousands of people.

What interests the ICO is the fact that the organisation is obtained its phone data from somewhere and they were concerned about it being flogged to third parties.

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