UK Information Commissioner's Office Cracking Down on Text Spam

The UK Information Commissioner's Office, the regulator responsible for data and privacy protection, claims that it has made significant progress in bringing down the number of spam text messages sent in the UK. Spam messages sent via text cost customers and others money.

The ICO said that it was close to zeroing in on people responsible for sending spam text messages to UK citizens, IT Pro reports.

The regulator went as far as to say that it knew who was behind such nefarious activities and was looking to gather further evidence to bring them to justice.

"We've built a case that these people are causing damage and distress. What we need to do is... to be able to enforce action against them, is to gather more evidence. We are urging people to come forward with any information," a spokesperson for the regulator told IT Pro.

The spokesperson also revealed that the ICO was planning on imposing a fine of up to £500,000 on the people responsible for sending dubious text messages to hopefully stop them from continuing these activities.

The regulator has been working alongside Ministry of Justice, Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading as a part of its investigation.