Telephone Preference Service (TPS)
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Fed up with those unwanted phone calls?
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) helps you to make sure your telephone number is no longer available to organisations, including charities and voluntary organisations who may telephone you with offers and information you do not wish to receive.
What is the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) ?
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a central opt out register whereby individuals can register their wish not to receive unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls. It is a legal requirement that companies do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS.
The original legislation was introduced in May 1999. It has subsequently been updated and now the relevant legislation is the Privacy and Electronic (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.
Who can register?
The term individual includes consumers at their residential address, sole traders and, except in Scotland, partnerships.
How long will it take to become effective?
Once a number has been registered it will become effective in 28 days.
Is there any charge for registering?
No, it's free to register on the TPS.
Who pays for TPS?
No money is received from the Government to run the Service, the direct marketing industry pays for it.
How do I stop these phone calls then?
So, if you want to be free of those unwanted phone calls, just register your telephone number with the TPS - its as easy as that.