Monday 23 January 2017

Time to give cold shoulder to all unwanted callers

Published 22/03/2011 | 08:32

UNWANTED phone calls and text messages are more than an irritation. They are a cause for worry. It is a small thing to cut short a cold call with as much politeness as one can muster, quite another for an unpleasant thought to strike, namely "how much do these people know about me?"

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So it is refreshing to see four companies, all household names, taken to the Dublin District Court to face charges of breaching the Data Protection Act.

Yesterday UPC was fined €7,100 and Vodafone €3,850 for making unsolicited calls to people who had indicated that they did not wish to receive such calls. O2 and Eircom were each ordered to pay €2,000 to charity.

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