The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has issued a fine against UKMS Solutions Limited, a PPI claims company that sent more than 1.3 million spam texts. The company used mobile phone numbers it had bought from list brokers to encourage people to make a claim for PPI. However, it failed to check which of these people had agreed to receive marketing text messages – something it is legally required to do.

This week, the ICO will contact 1000 list brokers to determine their compliance with the law when compiling and selling lists of names and numbers used by cold callers.