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.