Watchdog warns parties to avoid texting voters
Published 25/01/2011 | 05:00
POLITICIANS texting voters 'vote 4 me' could end up with a 'c u in court' reply.
The Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes yesterday wrote to the political parties warning them about communicating with individuals through texts, emails or phone calls during the election.
He advised the parties not to attempt to obtain or use contact information from third parties, which constituted a breach of the Data Protection Acts.
He also told them to avoid sending electoral messages except where the recipients might reasonably be assumed to consent, such as party members.
In previous elections, the commissioner received numerous complaints from individuals who got unsolicited text messages.