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No exemption for charities on planned mobile TPS

No exemption for charities on planned mobile TPS
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No exemption for charities on planned mobile TPS1

Fundraising | Celina Ribeiro | 1 Dec 2010

Charities will not be exempt from two new mobile telephone preference
 service (TPS) registers when they are introduced next year.



While the TPS plans to review charities’ use of mobile phones for fundraising as it draws up two new TPS registers for mobile users, charities will not be considered for exemption from these registers.

A spokesman for the TPS told Civil Society that without legislative change, charity fundraising calls will be considered equal to other commercial calls prohibited to  be made to people signed up to the TPS, whether for their house or mobile phone.

The new registers will involve the creation of a mobile-specific register in the same model as the existing TPS while the other register will enable parents to register the phones of theirchildren.

The expansion of the TPS to mobile phones comes as a wave of new mobile fundraising initiatives have been launched for the charity sector.

The TPS research on charity usage is due to begin early in 2011, with a view to releasing the new registers later in the year.

John Marshall
CEO
Centrepoint Outreach
2 Dec 2010

The TPS and FPS is a joke! It does not stop junk calls. Complaints about such services are a further waste of time - no prosecution action is taken. The TPS web site states: "As TPS registration only prevents marketing calls, organisations will still be able to call you for the purposes of genuine market research". Market Research callers pose as doing MR but then try and sell! Put phone down! Telemarketing is intrusive at work or home. It is no different from email SPAM! I recently received a call at 6.30pm whilst having dinner - purported from RSPB asking for an increase in donation. Advised - 'ring again and I will withdraw support!'

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