Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles today challenged the Scottish Government and UK Governments to tackle the "digital deluge" of unwanted communications.
Mr Rumbles said:
“In some parts of Scotland almost 50% of calls are coming from time-wasters, scammers and chancers. At best this is an irritation and at worst we have seen the exploitation and harassment of society’s most vulnerable. It is a digital deluge.
“We need a single point of contact for reporting nuisance calls and more robust measures in place for dealing wth businesses who repeatedly harass and harangue people in their own homes.
“It’s time that both of Scotland’s governments cut the cord on nuisance callers."
Notes to editors
In 2012 the Scottish Liberal Democrats led a successful campaign to expand the powers of the information commissioner to tackle nuisance calls, however the party has consistently pressed both of Scotland’s Governments to go further in tackling nuisance calls.
Last year, Scottish cities were ranked the worst out of 18 cities across the UK for nuisance calls. Nuisance calls accounted for 52% of calls in Glasgow – the worst of any city – with Edinburgh and Aberdeen following closely behind at 48% and 46%. The press release from Which? can be found here