Opt out of unsolicited sales or marketing calls
We all have the irritating cold call from time to time, usually feeling helpless with confusion where your number has been taken. The TPS or Telephone Preference Service is not only a free service but it is the central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing tools.
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 and has subsequently been updated with the Privacy & Electronic Regulations.
The service has received positive feedback from users explaining a big reduction in unwanted calls.
Did you know?
If a cold caller rings you, you should always ask for an SAR.
This means they have to give you all the information on where they got your data from.
Additionally, they will also have to inform you what they have done with your data and what they are using it for.
Can I register?
You can either register online or via phone. Registration allows one residential number to be recorded which can either be a mobile or landline number.
Mobile users can text to register, simply text ‘TPS’ and your email address to 85095.
You can also see if you are already registered with the TPS, is my number registered?
When will it become effective?
Once a number has been registered with TPS it will be effective within 28 days.
Are there any fees or hidden costs?
Registering with TPS is completely free.
Who pays for TPS?
The direct marketing industry pays for the service.
Do I need to renew yearly?
Residential numbers belonging to an individual do not need to be renewed.
I’m worried about scams can you help?
Remember that the Telephone Preference Service is free and will never try to charge you, if you are uncertain or worried anything please be sure to inform Action Fraud.
So why not reduce unwanted calls registering only takes a few minutes but may save you hours of unwanted marketing calls.