BC745 – Unsolicited Communications Bill 2015 (CLASSIC BILL)

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This is a classic bill – it is a bill that was submitted originally in 2015, and has been posted again to encourage more debate. There will be the usual six days to debate it.

BC745 – Unsolicited Communications Bill 2015, originally submitted by the TSR Government (Green/Lab/Lib)
Unsolicited Communications Act 2015
An Act to set out the rights of the people of the British Republic against unsolicited communications from businesses and charitable organisations, principally in the domain of people's homes.

BE IT ENACTED IN ACCORDANCE with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Definitions:
1. Businesses – for the purposes of this Act, businesses will be defined as the providers of goods and services in exchange for money.
2. Charitable organisations – for the purposes of this Act, charitable organisations will be defined as organisations wholly or in part reliant on voluntary charitable donations from the public.
3. Unsolicited communications – for the purposes of this Act, unsolicited communications will be defined as contact initiated by businesses and organisations, where there has been no direct request made to these businesses and organisations, by the person or household being contacted, for this contact to take place.

1: Door-to-door sales and charitable collections:
1. Businesses may not engage in door-to-door sales without the explicit request from a potential customer.
1.1 This includes utility providers making door-to-door pitches with the aim of encouraging potential customers to switch providers.
1.2 This includes charitable organisations requesting regular donations paid through direct debit.
1.2.1 An exception will be made for charitable organisations requesting a one-off cash donation when their funding is low, or with the purpose of offering relief in the event of a national or international crisis, up to a limit of once per year per organisation, per address,
1.2.1.1 in which event, no minimum donation may be requested or suggested.

2: Telephone sales and telephone requests for charitable donations:
2. Businesses may not initiate telephone contact without the explicit request from a potential customer.
2.1 This includes both land line and mobile phone calls.
2.2 This includes calls made from overseas call centres.
2.3 This includes calls made to existing customers with the intent of selling additional goods and services.
2.4 This includes charitable organisations asking for donations.
2.4.1 This includes charitable organisations requesting additional or increased donations.

3: Unsolicited mail:
3. Businesses may not send unsolicited mail, nor directly deliver unsolicited mail.
3.1 This includes mail sent to existing customers with the intent of selling additional goods and services.
3.2 This includes charitable organisations.
3.2.1 An exception will be made for charitable organisations requesting a donation when their funding is low, or with the purpose of offering relief in the event of a national or international crisis, or to fund a specified project, up to a limit of once per year per organisation, per address.
3.3 This includes charitable organisations requesting additional or increased donations.

4: Electronic communications:
4. Businesses may not send unsolicited electronic communications.
4.1 This includes any form of unsolicited electronic communications to any and all types of electronic devices.
4.2 This includes charitable organisations.

Fines and Penalties:
1. Any business or charitable organisation found to have engaged in unsolicited communications is subject to a fine of £100 per unsolicited communication, of which 50 percent is to be received by the recipient of the unsolicited communication, and 50 percent will go to the Treasury, except when,
1.1 the unsolicited communications have taken the form of a mass mail-out, electronically or otherwise, in which case a maximum penalty of £50,000 can be applied per mail-out campaign.
2. Should a business or charitable organisation have been found guilty of unsolicited communications, yet persist in the practice, any subsequent offenses will be subject to a fine of £1000 per unsolicited communication, of which 50 percent is to be received by the recipient of the unsolicited communication, and 50 percent will go to the Treasury, except when,
2.1 the unsolicited communications have taken the form of a mass mail-out, electronically or otherwise, in which case a maximum penalty of £100,000 can be applied per mail-out campaign.

Commencement, short title and extent:
1. This Act may be cited as the Unsolicited Communications Act 2015.
2. This bill shall extend to the British Republic; and
3. Shall come into force on the 1st of May 2016


NotesThis bill aims to bring an end to the vast majority of unsolicited communications. Unsolicited communications are not only a nuisance to many members of the public, they can also result in financial hardship for the elderly and for vulnerable members of the public when they are pressured into purchasing goods and services they do not need and cannot afford. Moreover, it will make it more difficult for those who set out to scam members of the public by impersonating the representatives of businesses and charitable organisations.

Some exceptions have been made for charitable organisations – charitable organisations may still request donations through the use of mail, up to a limit of once per year. They may also make door-to-door visits up to a limit of once per year, but if they opt to do so they may only request cash donations, with no minimum amount stated. This is to prevent them from pressuring people into signing up for regular donations that people may not be able to afford, and to prevent those of a criminal inclination from collecting people's personal information and bank details.

The time when this Act will come into force has been set to permit businesses and charitable organisations to make internal rearrangements.
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Basically covered by GDPR.
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(Original post by Saracen's Fez)
This is a classic bill – it is a bill that was submitted originally in 2015, and has been posted again to encourage more debate. There will be the usual six days to debate it.

BC745 – Unsolicited Communications Bill 2015, originally submitted by the TSR Government (Green/Lab/Lib)

Unsolicited Communications Act 2015
An Act to set out the rights of the people of the British Republic against unsolicited communications from businesses and charitable organisations, principally in the domain of people's homes.

BE IT ENACTED IN ACCORDANCE with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Definitions:
1. Businesses – for the purposes of this Act, businesses will be defined as the providers of goods and services in exchange for money.
2. Charitable organisations – for the purposes of this Act, charitable organisations will be defined as organisations wholly or in part reliant on voluntary charitable donations from the public.
3. Unsolicited communications – for the purposes of this Act, unsolicited communications will be defined as contact initiated by businesses and organisations, where there has been no direct request made to these businesses and organisations, by the person or household being contacted, for this contact to take place.

1: Door-to-door sales and charitable collections:
1. Businesses may not engage in door-to-door sales without the explicit request from a potential customer.
1.1 This includes utility providers making door-to-door pitches with the aim of encouraging potential customers to switch providers.
1.2 This includes charitable organisations requesting regular donations paid through direct debit.
1.2.1 An exception will be made for charitable organisations requesting a one-off cash donation when their funding is low, or with the purpose of offering relief in the event of a national or international crisis, up to a limit of once per year per organisation, per address,
1.2.1.1 in which event, no minimum donation may be requested or suggested.

2: Telephone sales and telephone requests for charitable donations:
2. Businesses may not initiate telephone contact without the explicit request from a potential customer.
2.1 This includes both land line and mobile phone calls.
2.2 This includes calls made from overseas call centres.
2.3 This includes calls made to existing customers with the intent of selling additional goods and services.
2.4 This includes charitable organisations asking for donations.
2.4.1 This includes charitable organisations requesting additional or increased donations.

3: Unsolicited mail:
3. Businesses may not send unsolicited mail, nor directly deliver unsolicited mail.
3.1 This includes mail sent to existing customers with the intent of selling additional goods and services.
3.2 This includes charitable organisations.
3.2.1 An exception will be made for charitable organisations requesting a donation when their funding is low, or with the purpose of offering relief in the event of a national or international crisis, or to fund a specified project, up to a limit of once per year per organisation, per address.
3.3 This includes charitable organisations requesting additional or increased donations.

4: Electronic communications:
4. Businesses may not send unsolicited electronic communications.
4.1 This includes any form of unsolicited electronic communications to any and all types of electronic devices.
4.2 This includes charitable organisations.

Fines and Penalties:
1. Any business or charitable organisation found to have engaged in unsolicited communications is subject to a fine of £100 per unsolicited communication, of which 50 percent is to be received by the recipient of the unsolicited communication, and 50 percent will go to the Treasury, except when,
1.1 the unsolicited communications have taken the form of a mass mail-out, electronically or otherwise, in which case a maximum penalty of £50,000 can be applied per mail-out campaign.
2. Should a business or charitable organisation have been found guilty of unsolicited communications, yet persist in the practice, any subsequent offenses will be subject to a fine of £1000 per unsolicited communication, of which 50 percent is to be received by the recipient of the unsolicited communication, and 50 percent will go to the Treasury, except when,
2.1 the unsolicited communications have taken the form of a mass mail-out, electronically or otherwise, in which case a maximum penalty of £100,000 can be applied per mail-out campaign.

Commencement, short title and extent:
1. This Act may be cited as the Unsolicited Communications Act 2015.
2. This bill shall extend to the British Republic; and
3. Shall come into force on the 1st of May 2016


NotesThis bill aims to bring an end to the vast majority of unsolicited communications. Unsolicited communications are not only a nuisance to many members of the public, they can also result in financial hardship for the elderly and for vulnerable members of the public when they are pressured into purchasing goods and services they do not need and cannot afford. Moreover, it will make it more difficult for those who set out to scam members of the public by impersonating the representatives of businesses and charitable organisations.

Some exceptions have been made for charitable organisations – charitable organisations may still request donations through the use of mail, up to a limit of once per year. They may also make door-to-door visits up to a limit of once per year, but if they opt to do so they may only request cash donations, with no minimum amount stated. This is to prevent them from pressuring people into signing up for regular donations that people may not be able to afford, and to prevent those of a criminal inclination from collecting people's personal information and bank details.

The time when this Act will come into force has been set to permit businesses and charitable organisations to make internal rearrangements.
This is a good idea, and I believe recent legislation has gone to lengths to address this problem. However, will the effects of this not mean that charities will have less ways of trying to raise money?
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At the time i suspect i opposed it because i consider the restrictions needless and nobody is forced to purchase a product. I still oppose it for that reason.

As per the comment above, this is however now covered by EU and post Brexit British law.
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Cold calling and marketing should absolutely be allowed: in my view if they’re outside the property then they’re on public land - a salesman has just as much right to be there than the person who happens to own property in the vicinity.

People can by all means choose to ignore door knockers and that’s their prerogative, however to make the process illegal outright is overly authoritarian and absolutely not something I can support.
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Cold calling and marketing should absolutely be allowed: in my view if they’re outside the property then they’re on public land - a salesman has just as much right to be there than the person who happens to own property in the vicinity.

People can by all means choose to ignore door knockers and that’s their prerogative, however to make the process illegal outright is overly authoritarian and absolutely not something I can support.
I think I pretty much agree with the honourable gentleman.
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Debate on this classic bill has concluded.
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