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.
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.