'Irish Times' avoids spam conviction
The Irish Times and Littlewoods Ireland have avoided court convictions for breaking e-privacy regulations by sending customers unsolicited emails.
Following separate investigations by the office of the Data Protection Commissioner they had pleaded guilty to the offences at Dublin District Court in April.
Yesterday Judge William Hamill noted they complied with orders made on the last date for The Irish Times Ltd to give €3,000 to suicide prevention charity Pieta House, while Littlewoods had donated €5,000 to the same cause. He struck out the cases.
At the original hearing last month, Tony Delaney, Assistant Data Protection Commissioner, told the court the important message for companies involved in electronic marketing is that there has to be "robust testing of technology behind their databases".
The offence can result in a criminal conviction and a fine of up to €5,000 per incident.