Tuesday 6 December 2016

No convictions for mobile firms over cold calls

Published 18/12/2012 | 05:00

MOBILE phone operators Three and Meteor have been spared criminal convictions for making unwanted marketing calls as well as sending unsolicited text messages and "spam" emails to customers.

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The companies had pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court earlier this month following investigations by the Data Protection Commissioner, and faced the possibility of being fined up to €5,000 per offence.

Judge John O'Neill had held that the companies would be spared criminal convictions if Meteor gave €5,000 to Temple Street Children's Hospital and Three donated €2,500 to Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Yesterday Judge John Lindsay noted they had complied with the order and he struck out their prosecutions.

Irish Independent

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