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Sick and tired of all the

* Junk Postal mail

* Junk Phone calls

* Junk Texts & Mobile calls

* Junk Faxes

* Junk Emails

Well after a bit of digging around the following web sites or phone numbers might be useful in stopping the 'marketing' opportunities directed at you.

The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a non profit organisation and since 1983 our main objective has been to encourage good relations between the Direct Mail industry and the general public. Registering with MPS will stop most unsolicited consumer advertising material addressed to individuals personally and delivered to their home address by post. MPS cannot stop unaddressed leaflets, items addressed to "The Occupier", "The Householder" or a business, nor free newspapers and inserts in magazines and bills. Advertising from companies with which consumers have done business or charities to which they have donated in the past will continue to be delivered. It may not stop mail from overseas: organisations will often base themselves overseas in order to avoid legal and self regulatory restrictions.

The Telecommunications (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 1999 which affect all telemarketers in the UK and come into force 1st May 1999. The TPS enables Individuals to register their objection to receiving direct marketing calls with a central service.

New controls on SMS text messages came into force in December 2003 which require SMS text messages to be sent only with the prior consent of the subscriber, with an exemption where you've alreadt given your mobile number direct to a company in the context of the purchase of a product or service. For breaches of these codes, covering home telephone numbers, mobile telephone numbers and SMS text messages they should be reported to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on 01625 845700 or mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Under Government legislation introduced on 1 May 1999 it is unlawful to send an unsolicited sales and marketing fax to an individual (which includes consumers, sole traders and except in Scotland partnerships) without their prior consent. Under the same legislation businesses now have the opportunity to register fax numbers on which they do not wish to receive direct marketing messages. Individuals may also register their fax numbers on the FPS should they wish.

While new laws were introduced in 2003 to help curb SPAM, critics expect they will have little impact though those sending unwanted emails can face fines up to 5,000. The problem is that the majority are sent from outside the European Union and therefore outside the scope of this legislation.

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