EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, collectively known as GSMA, have signed up to the Spam Reporting Service, which aims to work with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to put a stop to spam texts.
So next time you receive a text from a dodgy sounding debt consolidation firm, you can simply text SPAM to 7726 to report it. This will hopefully allow the operators to shut down the source.
Spam attacks are becoming more widespread, according to GSMA CEO John Hoffman: “More and more consumers are victims of spam and mobile and the GSMA is working hard to defend them”, he stated. “By working closely with ICO, the UK’s operators are making it more difficult for spammers and fraudsters to target mobile phone users in this country.”
Steve Eckersley, ICO’s Chief of Enforcement, explained that before the new service started, mobile users had to report spam by filling out a questionnaire on ICO’s website. Now the information gathered from customers in real time is stored on the Cloud, allowing the main phone operators to shut down spamming attacks quickly and prevent them spreading to other networks.
“The real time information about spam attacks we are now receiving from the UK is helping us to quickly identify breaches in the privacy of electronic communication regulations, track down the perpetrators and issue monetary punishments against them”, said Mr Eckersley.
It is hoped that the ICO will also use this technology to tackle nuisance phone calls.