Anne McTaggart, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow visited Which’s Calling Time roadshow when it dropped in at Glasgow’s Central Station to pledge support for the campaign to help end to nuisance calls and texts.
Visitors to the event could press a giant six foot, four inch flashing telephone to register their frustration about unwanted calls and texts and show their support for the Which? Calling Time campaign, which currently has more than 200,000 supporters
Recent Which? analysis of data from the Information Commissioner’s Office shows there have been around 61,500 official complaints about nuisance calls and texts since December. With just 2% of people who receive unwanted calls reporting them to the regulator, it means millions more are still being received.
Which?’s campaign is urging the Government, regulators and businesses to renew their efforts to help cut down on the number of nuisance calls and texts. It is also making it easier for people to report unwanted calls with its new complaints webpage where people can log the details to help identify offenders.
Anne McTaggart MSP said:
“I was delighted to be able to support this vitally important Which? campaign. Being bombarded with nuisance calls and texts is not only an annoying interruption to people’s lives, it can be threatening and intimidating to the millions who endure them on a daily basis. The Government needs to look at whether the rules around how our data is collected, used and traded need to be tightened.”
Which? Executive Director, Richard Lloyd said:
“People are sick of being bombarded with nuisance calls that invade their privacy and waste their time so we’re giving people in Glasgow a chance to vent their frustrations and support our campaign.
“The Government knows what’s required to tackle nuisance calls so we need to see more sustained action, with senior executives held to account, to help put an end to this everyday menace.”
Anne McTaggart MSP is asking people affected by nuisance calls or texts to pledge their support for the Which? Calling Time on Nuisance Calls and Texts campaign at www.which.co.uk/callingtime
- Which?’s Calling Time campaign is lobbying for:
– the Government to make directors accountable for their company’s nuisance calls;
– businesses to show their number when they call;
– regulators to give people more power by putting them in control of how their personal data is used.
- The ICO had 61,500 official complaints reported from Dec 2014 to April 2015.