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Data watchdog got 'spammed' while in court on similar case

An advertising ploy went badly wrong for a midland company that sent a text message to a data protection officer as he gave evidence in court over a similar matter.

The officer received the unsolicited marketing text while giving evidence against a number of companies for using similar marketing tactics earlier this week.

Assistant Data Protection Officer Tony Delaney spent two hours giving evidence against a number of companies in Dublin District Court on Monday.

As he left the court he switched on his phone only to discover an unsolicited marketing message from a midland company.

Mr Delaney said his office will be pursuing the matter.

"I will write the complaint, but I wont be involved in it," he said.

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