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0190 Abuse Act is taking shape

0190 Abuse Act is taking shape

The annoying subject of 0190 numbers has not been forgotten, as one might assume. The magazine 'Focus' found out that the federal government is working on an amendment to the law that provides for a section on punitive damages in the Act against Unfair Competition.

Another new feature is that it is now consumer protection associations to be made possible against 0190 rip-offs. The past has shown that the number of unreported cases of 0190 rip-offs that were not reported is considerably higher. According to the State Secretary in the Ministry of Consumer Protection, Matthias Berninger, with the expansion of the UWG it should be possible for the first time to 'skim off' the profits that the black sheep make. This will be a central point in the comprehensive reform of the UWG, continues Berninger.

Had a few weeks ago the head of the department for the economic protection of consumers in the ministry of Renate Künast, Georg Starke, declared that the 0190 problem was a central focus in this legislative period. Not only the law against unfair competition (UWG) is to be expanded, the Telecommunications Act (TKG) is to be adapted accordingly. Until now, consumers who felt ripped off by 0190 numbers had a hard time defending themselves, even if the company became known, they could not claim compensation. The revised law is due to come into force in 2003.