Time to give cold shoulder to all unwanted callers
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?"
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.