ICSTIS has fined Telicom Ltd (Content and/or promotion provided by Bolt Telecom) £65,000 for a premium rate recorded award claim-line service, which used either an automated call with a recorded message which stated recipients were eligible to claim a prize because someone in their household had previously completed a survey; or a ‘missed’ calls on their mobiles from either an 090, or 0845 or 0870 number. ICSTIS barred Telicom Ltd for operating any competition services for 12 months due to the number and range of breaches committed by it – which included use of automated calling equipment (ACE) and other breaches under the The Privacy and Electronic Communications (“EC Directive”) Regulations 2003.ICSTIS also dismissed arguments from Telicom Ltd that it was not the service provider in this case.
Telicom escaped an even greater fine when ICSTIS decided that as the content of this service was provided by Bolt, that this meant it was not the same service that ICSTIS had ruled against (and barred) in June 2006, when it fined Telicom £2,000, this, despite the glaring similarities between the two.
Additionally, ICSTIS has fined Square 1 Communications a total of £9,000 for a promotional mailshot, and SMS text messages for a betting tipster service which promoted a premium rate number for recipients to call/text. This adds to the £70,500 in fines for 7 previous adjudications against the company.