Friday, 2 August 2013

SThree have the cheek to junk call us too!

So they junk call, don't check the TPS, don't know of the TPS, and offer to junk email people for you... What fun.

5:31 WAV Recording

Good job I never signed that settlement agreement isn't it.

Update: I am going to send them a bill for Alex's time taking the call. Should be fun.


  1. Wow. You have to admire the man's persistence, if nothing else.

    I did particularly like "...and that's how we get around that...".

    Gah. Death's too good for them!

  2. so he doesnt know what the TPS is, isn't aware he's spamming ... but ... *that's how we get around that*
    ie he's FULLY aware of exactly what he's doing, why and how they are trying to circumvent the law


    I'm really enjoying these calls btw I had a similar one with someone from Communicado / Bitesize Seminars the other day

  3. Out of interested, what does the data matrix 2d barcode bottom left hand corner indicate?

    Just wait until you have a call from Public Service Events ( ) who offer “delegates email address and contact details ["opt in only, but you can pass their details to other people to recoup the cost".

    1. My Barcode scanner would indicate that it simply says A14574A - the reference number in the letter.

  4. I applaud what you are doing here.

    As far as I can tell, the whole reason that these companies are breaking the law with impunity and that you are having to waste your time using civil claims to try and dissuade them is that the ICO aren't doing their job properly.

    I've tried persuing these with the ICO, they just send you to TPS (a part of the Direct Marketing Association). As can be expected, the DMA^H^H^HTPS simply write to the offender, accept whatever they say about it being an "accident", "new member of staff" etc and take no action whatsoever. They do of course submit monthly reports to the ICO, but as far as I can tell they then just file them in the round file.

    The ICO are incapable of doing their job and dealing with individual criminal complaints because they have allowed breaches to become endemic and they are therefore too numerous to follow up. Hapilly the DMA have stepped in to help them out so everybody is happy, ICO - don't have to deal with the problem, DMA - members can carry on with impunity, everyone else in the economy who's time is wasted by these leaches - well we have an avenue to complain, even if it is a no-op.

    Actually maybe there is a logical(!) model here for how to deal with government censorship initiatives. The porn industry should setup the IFPS: Illegal Filth Preference Service. Consumers should be able to register to signal that they don't want any illegal filth. If they do then come across any, they can complain to the IFPS. The IFPS will send the content hosting company a nice letter, somthing like: "please tick one of the following: [] content was an accident, [] content posted by a new member of staff who didnt understand procedure, [] content is outside your jurisdiction". The same letter would ask the offender to block the complainant's then IP address and as long as the content host did this within 28-days the matter would be considered closed. They could of course continue serving up illegal content to everyone who hadn't complained. For extra points, the IFPS could send David Cameron a monthly statistical report on the number of letters sent so that everyone could see that something was indeed being done. There you go, that is much nicer than any of the other proposed solutions.

    1. I like your idea, but instead of creating an IFPS service; the government in his great knowledge of everything electronic (since it realised the "information (super-)highways" are called 'the Internet'), why not impose a SPAM filter to ISP?

      I mean a real filter (not something that quickly parse the mail for "inheritance, dictator, 10% commission, account details, Nigeria 419"), no something real... every single commercial mail you receive, the ISP would have to contact the sender to get proof that it was compliant to sect 22 of Electr. Comm. Act 2003.
      Of course it could slightly delay email and have a slight cost for the ISP, but honestly, what do you think annoys me the most the sight of a breast or repeated promotions on cereals, ink cartridges, etc that's clogging my mailbox?

      Due to privacy issue, the ISP might not be the best positioned to do that (The Post Office AFAIK doesn't open all my mail to see if I receive an pron catalog), but as GCHQ is already holding/reading/parsing (bomb, terrorist attack, plane, crash, nuclear, New York, London, Jiyad - so now I'm sure I got your attention guys) all my traffic for 30 days (or more if encrypted), they seems to be in the perfect place to finally do something useful (as anybody with basic interest in steganography can post a .PNG image with the lower bits of each color modified to include an encrypted message - good luck to pinpoint that pic out on usenet or facebook).