Rulings (381)
  • University of Leicester

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 15 November 2017

    A paid for Facebook post for the University of Leicester, seen on 17 July 2017, featured text stating that the university was “a top 1% world university” and “A World Ranked University”.

  • General Motors UK Ltd t/a Vauxhall

    • Not Upheld
    • Television, Radio
    • 07 February 2018

    A TV and radio ad for Vauxhall:

    a. The TV ad, seen in September 2017, showed a couple in a car discussing the Wi-Fi password. The voice-over at the ad’s conclusion stated, “We call that one of life’s small victories and here’s another one: we’ll beat your quote from the well-known online car buyer by £1000 on ...

  • Make The Air Fair

    • Upheld
    • Poster, Internet (social networking), Internet (display), Regional press
    • 07 February 2018

    A paid-for Facebook post, regional press ad, poster and internet display ad for Make The Air Fair:

    a. The paid-for Facebook post, seen in early December 2016, was headed “Make The Air Fair” and stated “Our airwaves are up for sale. BT already own too much and now they want even more. Tell Sharon White, Head of...

  • Poundland Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Internet (social networking)
    • 07 February 2018

    A series of posts on Poundland’s Twitter and Facebook page, promoting the #ElfBehavingBad campaign, seen in December 2017:

    a. An ad, posted on 11 December, featured an image of a toy elf and a bottle of De-Icer placed in front of a car windscreen which featured a drawing of a pair of breasts. The caption state...

  • Puig (UK) Ltd t/a Paco Rabanne

    • Not Upheld
    • Television, VOD
    • 07 February 2018

    Two TV ads and a Video on Demand (VOD) promoted the men's fragrance, Paco Rabanne XS:

    a. The first TV ad, which was seen in July and August 2017, depicted a man walking into a bathroom. He was seen to have removed his suit jacket and became topless. Two women were then seen peering towards a light source in a ...

  • Ryanair Ltd

    • Not Upheld
    • Poster, Television, Radio
    • 07 February 2018

    A TV ad, a radio ad and a poster for Ryanair:

    a. The TV ad, seen on 26 September 2017, featured images of people travelling on a Ryanair plane. The voice-over stated, "Discover why more and more people are choosing Europe's number one airline." On-screen text stated "IATA Scheduled passengers ca...

  • Thomas Tunnock Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Poster
    • 07 February 2018

    A poster for Tunnocks Tea Cakes, seen on 6 November 2017, showed an image of a female tennis player holding a tea cake in place of a tennis ball at the top of her thigh, with her skirt raised at the hip. Text underneath the image of the women stated “Where do you keep yours?” with text underneath the product image s...

  • iPhoneIMEI.net t/a iPhoneIMEI.net

    • Upheld
    • Internet (on own site)
    • 07 February 2018

    A web page for an iPhone unlocking service, seen on www.iphoneimei.net in September 2017, stated "Factory unlock Orange UK iPhone. Price from £19.99".

  • trivago N.V. t/a trivago

    • Not Upheld
    • Television
    • 07 February 2018

    A TV ad for Trivago, seen on 30 July 2017, began with an actress who said, “How many hotels does Trivago compare? 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? 300,000? 500,000? 700,000? Trivago now compares prices from more than a million hotels to find the ideal hotel for the best price.”​

  • Bluecrest Health Screening Ltd

    • Upheld
    • Direct mail
    • 31 January 2018

    A direct mailing advertising a health screening service, received in June 2017, stated “You are probably very well looked after by your NHS GP when you are ill, but you may also appreciate that many serious health conditions don’t show any warning signs. Around 80% of Strokes are caused by a blockage. That's why a c...

Informally resolved (1528)
  • 32Red Ltd t/a 32Red

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Sports, leisure and hobbies, Gambling

  • 7dayshop.com Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Utilities, energy and environment

  • ALS First Aid Training

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Health conditions

  • Alarm Response Management - ARM GB Community Interest Company t/a ARM GB

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden, Safety and security

  • Architect Personal Training

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Health conditions, Charity, education and Third sector

  • Argos Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (search engine)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery

  • Argos Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Appliances, electronics and machinery, Computers, phones and telecoms

  • Asos.com Ltd

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • B&Q plc

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Home and garden

  • Cambridge Islamic College

    • 07 February 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (on own site)
    Topic: Charity, education and Third sector

Mail order cases (17)
  • Maple Syrup Media Ltd t/a Quidco

    • 24 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd

    • 10 January 2018
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (social networking)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Children and the vulnerable

  • Alisha Lemay

    • 04 October 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • K n M's Embroidery

    • 27 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • Teentoday Ltd t/a Maximumpop!

    • 13 September 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Gambling

  • Lingerie Outlet Store Ltd

    • 30 August 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Clothing, shoes and jewellery

  • Stafco Ltd t/a Handpresso UK

    • 21 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Food, drink and supplements

  • Hearst Magazines UK Ltd t/a Good Housekeeping

    • 14 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions, Sports, leisure and hobbies

  • Spar (UK) Ltd

    • 14 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

  • Nisa Retail Ltd

    • 07 June 2017
    • Number of complaints: 1

    Media: Internet (sales promotion)
    Topic: Promotions and competitions

Database cases (5)
  • Bolsover Cruise Club Ltd

    • 04 October 2017
  • We Buy Any Car Ltd

    • 16 August 2017
  • Uber BV

    • 08 March 2017
  • Price Engines Ltd t/a Home Improvement Quotes

    • 01 March 2017
  • GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd

    • 22 February 2017