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Ofcom To Tighten Rogue Dialler Rules

Posted: 21st Nov, 2005 By: MarkJ
Ofcom has issued new proposals to strengthen the rules against Rogue Internet Diallers. Previously they had only applied to premium or international rate numbers, yet this could now be extended to cover all number types:

No doubt critics of the regulator will question why such loopholes existed in the first place and why Ofcom has only suggested introducing this safeguard now.

According to the latest info available, complaints about rogue diallers have plumetted. Much of this is down to the shift from dial-up services to broadband, but PRS regulator ICSTIS can't help but also take some of the credit.


For those that don't know, rogue diallers are software that hijack the dialup modem installed in a computer system (without the user being aware) and use it to dial commercially profitable numbers. More @ The Register.
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