Email-spamming COVID profiteers deleted database with ‘key evidence’ when UK watchdog came knocking


A company that fired out more than 9,000 spam emails promoting face masks has been fined ¬£40,000 by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and ordered to stop doing it.

“The ICO investigation found that the company was not involved in the business of supplying PPE, but that the director had decided to buy face masks to sell on at a profit,” the data regulator said in a statement.

Studios MG Ltd, the offending firm, sent 9,000 emails on 30 April as the country grappled with its first national lockdown, intended to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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