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On 25 February 2015, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that it is changing the laws with regard to nuisance calls. 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) currently has the power to impose heavy fines of up to £500,000 on companies that make marketing calls or messages if the ICO can prove that these unwanted calls or messages caused, or had the potential to cause, ‘substantial damage or distress’. However, from 6 April 2015, this requirement will be removed, allowing the ICO to intervene in more cases and penalise those companies that are breaching the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations but fall below the current legal threshold. 


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The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, spoke at the Society for Computers and Law’s ‘The Evolution and Reform of Data Protection’ event this morning. The Commissioner gave an overview of the activities of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) in 2014 and set out the aims of the ODPC for the year ahead.


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