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ACMA imposes first penalty against telemarketer

Do Not Call Register breach costs FHT Travel $120,000 in penalty costs

The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) has imposed its first penalty against a telemarketer for breaching the Do Not Call Register Act 2006.

The Federal Court found FHT Travel and its sole director, Yvonne Earnshaw, had breached the Act by contacting some 12,000 people on the register, costing the company some $120,000 in civil penalty costs.

ACMA chairman, Chris Chapman, said the decision reflects the serious nature of breaching such an Act.

“This case and the penalty imposed should remind telemarketers of the serious consequences of breaching the Do Not Call Register Act,” Chapman said in a statement.

“Telemarketers must respect the choice of people who have opted out of receiving their calls.”

Since the register began running in 2007, it has received millions of subscribers and infringement notices valued at some $438,300.

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