Amex fined GBP 90k for sending 4 mln unsolicited marketing emails

Friday 21 May 2021 12:27 CET | News

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined American Express, claiming that the emails meant for ‘servicing’ were in fact for marketing purposes, according to AltFi.

American Express has been fined GBP 90,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending more than four million marketing emails to customers who did not want to receive them. ICO says the emails all clearly contained marketing material, as they sought to persuade and encourage customers to use their card to make purchases. The ICO says it began investigating the credit card giant following complaints received from Amex customers getting marketing emails despite having opted out from them, a breach of UK law. 

The emails included details on the rewards of shopping online with Amex and encouraging customers to download the Amex app. During the investigation, the ICO found that Amex had sent over 50 million, of what it classed as servicing emails to its customers. The ICO revealed that for nearly 12 months, between 1 June 2018 and 21 May 2019, 4,098,841 of those emails were marketing emails, designed to encourage customers to make purchases on their cards which would benefit Amex financially. 

It was a deliberate action for financial gain by the organisation. Amex also did not review its marketing model following customer complaints.

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Keywords: American Express
Categories: Payments & Commerce | Payments General
Countries: United Kingdom
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