Tuition agency to be charged for breach of DNC Registry laws

Five months after the start of National Do-Not-Call Registry, a tuition agency will become the first company to be charged with breaching the Do Not Call Registry (DNC) requirements under the Personal Data Protection Act.
Star Zest Home Tuition and its director will be charged on 4 June 2014 after many complaints on unsolicited telemarketing messages sent by the tuition agency to local telephone numbers registered with the DNC Registry. The unsolicited messages offered the teaching services of various tutors signed up with the tuition agency.
The agency and its director will be facing up to 37 counts of contravening section 43(1) of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012. Under the act, any person or organisation found guilty of the offence of sending telemarketing messages to Singapore telephone numbers without checking the DNC Registry will be liable to a fine of up to S$10,000 per message sent.
The Personal Data Protection Commission said investigations have been made in response to 3,700 valid complaints from members of the public against 630 organisations since the DNC provisions took effect on 2 January 2014.

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