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Consumer Preference Services - Junk Mail, Faxes & Calls

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  • Consumer Preference Services - Junk Mail, Faxes & Calls

    Junk mail, spam and marketing calls



    What is the MPS?
    The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a free service set up 20 years ago and funded by the direct mail industry to enable consumers to have their names and home addresses in the UK removed from or added to lists used by the industry. It is actively supported by the Royal Mail and all directly involved trade associations and fully supported by The Information Commissioners Office.

    The MPS Consumer File is a list of names and addresses of consumers who have told us they wish to limit the amount of direct mail they receive. The use of the Consumer File by list-owners and users is a requirement of the British Code of Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing administered by the Advertising Standards Authority. It is also a condition under the Code of Practice of the Direct Marketing Association.

    The MPS can remove your name from up to 95% of Direct Mail lists. It will not stop mail that has been sent from overseas, un-addressed material or mail addressed to The Occupier. You can expect to continue to receive mailings from companies with whom you have done business in the past. You may also receive mailings from small, local companies. If you wish these mailings to be stopped, you must notify these companies directly. It will take up to 4 months for the Service to have full effect although you should notice a reduction of the mail during this period.
    Registering with the MPS is FREE

    Welcome to Baby MPS Online
    The Baby Mailing Preference Service is here to help reduce the number of baby-related mailings you receive.

    Many parents to be are happy to hear from companies who can help them at this exciting time in their lives but in the sad circumstances of the death of a baby, mailings to parents about baby products from well meaning companies can cause unintended hurt.

    That's why the Mailing Preference Service provides Baby MPS - a free service that is both sympathetic and effective.

    What is 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.

    Welcome to FPS Online.
    Under Government legislation introduced on 1 May 1999 it is unlawful to send an individual an unsolicited sales and marketing fax without prior permission. Businesses have the opportunity to register fax numbers on which they do not wish to receive direct marketing faxes.

    You can do this by registering with the Fax Preference Service. Although this Service is primarily aimed at businesses, as individuals have protection under the legislation, individuals may also register their fax numbers if they wish.

    Before you apply however, you should be aware that registration may preclude you or your business from receiving information of value - thereby cutting you off from worthwhile business opportunities.

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