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Nuisance call campaign raised in Parliament

September 6, 2012 2:23 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh's Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, has called for an urgent debate in the House of Commons on strengthening the Information Commissioner's powers.
The Liberal Democrat MP recently launched the No 2 Nuisance Calls campaign which has been supported by the Sunday Post. Within two weeks thousands of people have signed a petition supporting Mike's campaign.

The campaign calls for the Information Commissioner's powers be strengthened to take to take in all forms of unsolicited contact and for there to be single point of contact for any individual wishing to protect their privacy from unwanted calls / texts / fax or emails.

Commenting, Mike said:

"With 650 million silent calls made in the UK last year, 45 million spam texts sent in Europe every year and 3 million UK adults each being scammed out of £800 this year by fraudulent marketing calls it is clear we now have an industry in crisis and a country under siege.

"The problem is out of control and needs urgent action. We desperately need an Information Commissioner with the power to put an end to this menace. The two departments responsible for various aspects of this industry, DCMS and Department for Justice, don't seem to think there's a need for any change in legislation but thousands of people are backing me in saying that is simply not good enough.

"If you want join the campaign and help put a stop to nuisance calls then go to www.no2nuisancecalls.net and sign the petition. It is important that as many people as possible join in and say No to nuisance calls! "