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Onecom Organization Penalized for ‘Millions’ of Spam Texts


One high-flying telecom organization of Hampshire got hit with a fine of 100,000 Pound for sending over 3 Million messages of spam. Information Commissioner Office (ICO) has punished Onecom, based in Whiteley, for sending 3 Million spam messages about upgradation of mobile phones. Aaron Brown runs the Whiteley-based organization. Recently, Aaron was acquitted of manslaughter of Aaron's friend who died in 2015 due to powerboat crash.


ICO founded Onecom Limited, largest independent provider of business telecommunications in UK, violated the law that frames strict rules about getting approval of people for receiving text messages related to marketing.


ICO confirmed that Onecom was not able to provide the evidence for explaining source of these data that was used to send 1050 text messages. It added that Onecom also could not prove that it had the consent for sending these text messages. Enforcement ICO Head, Steve Eckersley, said that the spam messages are real nuisance for loads of people all over the country, and Onecom's failure of following the guidelines drove more than 1000 complaints from people. Steve further added that "I would urge anyone bothered by a spam text to report it, either via the ICO's website or by forwarding the text to 7726."


BBC.com posted on May 16th, 2017, stating that chief executive of Onecom, Mr. Aaron Brown was cleared in March of manslaughter by the gross negligence of Mr. Ryan McKinlay who had died when the jet-powered boat, which was driven by Aaron Brown, crashed in a cruiser off Isle of Wight.


CEO of Onecom, Darren Ridge has issued a statement stating that: Onecom operated in highly regulated segment, and thus is totally committed to maintain top standards in all communications with public and its clients. He further stated in the statement that "your reports will help us crack down on those who fail to treat people's information with the respect it deserves."


As a result, we consider the incident as most serious and have started reviewing internally, which resulted in more tightening of our systems and controls for ensuring that there remains no repetition. "We are pleased to note that no subsequent complaints have been received and that the Information Commissioner has acknowledged our remedial measures."

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