ICO imposes fine for nuisance calls related to life insurance

The Information Commissioner’s Office has fined a Nottingham-based marketing company £120,000 after it was found to have made 159,461 unsolicited direct marketing calls relating to life insurance. The calls continued over a five-month period between May and October 2019 and were all made to consumers who had registered with the Telephone Preference Service and should therefore not have received any marketing calls.


Help To Buy Extended

The Help To Buy scheme in England has been extended by two months until May 31 2021, with the coronavirus pandemic estimated to have delayed construction of some new homes by as much as eight months. The extension only applies where an application is already in progress. 


ASA bans BNPL Instagram adverts

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned four Instagram adverts issued by one of the largest firms in the ‘buy now pay later’ credit market. The advertisements must not be used again in the same form, and the firm has also been issued with an instruction not to issue any marketing material in future which makes the suggestion that using their credit product could improve the consumer’s mood.

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