Feeds

Regulator fines Net sex firm

To dial for

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

An Internet sex company has been fined £10,000 after more than 370 punters complained that it had installed software on their PCs that connected them to a premium-rate phone line.

Punters said the dialler software appeared to download icons and set a premium rate number as the dial-up default without their knowledge or consent. This meant that many ran up huge phone bills when they went online - made worse because the service failed to disconnect once it had reached the maximum £20 call limit set by premium rate regulator ICSTIS.

San Marino-based PB Communications SR denied that the dialler software could install itself and become the default connection on the users' PCs without their consent. It also disputed that calls could be made without the say so of users, explaining that calls could only be made if punters agreed to a disclaimer, set a PIN code and accepted the cost of the calls.

However, the company did admit that it had a problem with the call cut-off and said it would refund those punters whose calls exceeded the £20 limit.

PB Communications was fined £10,000 and access to its service was barred for six months.

Elsewhere, Milton Keynes-based Lebcomm was fined £6,000 for using automated calling equipment to make spam phone calls.While BT was fined a total of £3,000 and issued with a formal reprimand for two misleading ads plugging its directory enquiries service.

Yesterday, ICSTIS dished out fines totalling £450,000 after getting tough on text spammers and scammers. ®

Related stories

Text scammers fined £450,000
UK Watchdog bites mobile spam scammers
US spammer fined £75k for porn sting

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.