The iTAGG team are always very hot on making sure their services and service providers adhere to regulator best practice. I thought I’d copy some of the text from their announcement here:
We have this week received important new information from PhonepayPlus (formally ICSTIS) which is relevant to everybody sending premium rate SMS.
As of Friday 11 January 2008, all premium rate Anonymous SMS services will be subject to PhonepayPlus’ (formerly ICSTIS) prior permission.
Anybody operating such a service is required to apply for a PhonepayPlus prior permission licence (through iTAGG) to operate Anonymous SMS services. Services operating without a licence after this date will be considered to be in breach of the PhonepayPlus Code of Practice; iTAGG clients will also be in breach of their contract with iTAGG.
This new provision will apply to all existing and new services.
PhonepayPlus define an Anonymous SMS as follows:
‘An SMS message sent to a recipient’s communications device where either the identity of the message sender, or the identity of the message content provider or author, is withheld from the recipient.’
Please read the relevant PhonepayPlus document for further information.
Does this apply to me?
I do not send any premium rate SMS – ruling does not apply
I provide the identity of my business when I send premium rate SMS – ruling does not apply
I withhold the identity of my business when I send premium rate SMS – ruling does apply
If you’re running anonymous premium text services, it might be worth checking you’re up to date.