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Tuesday, June 21, 2005
  New Nuisance Call Angle
An interesting new angle for nuisance calls is people from the USA using computers to phone people in the UK (including those on ex-directory numbers and probably those on the Telephone Preference Service lists) with calls such as "you have won a luxury holiday in the caribbean".
 
Comments:
This is not exactly new.

This is another well-known example of telephone nuisance, of which there are many more.

Those mentioned here are the responsibility of the Information Commissioner and introduce particular problems if there is no UK or EU person involved for the regulators to act against.

They cannot be dealt with by Ofcom using existing legislation.

Your question to the PM last week was probably effective because it was well focussed in three respects. (Ofcom, Silent Calls, existing legislation).

Other campaigners on this topic have had to go to a lot of trouble to prevent achievable objectives from being expanded to include the unachievable, so they cannot be pursued. Ofcom has been shown to be very good at this trick and has been helped by MPs anxious to "save the world".

If we wish to regulate US companies, someone will need to propose an invasion and regime change!
 
I do support regime change in the USA.

I am sure we could have a mechanism for handling this possibly through the civil law for the harrassment or something.
 
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