Hawkes Warns Candidates: Consent Before Contact
PRIVACY LAW—IRELANDJanuary 25, 2011
As the general election approaches, Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes has warned political parties to only communicate with individuals over text, e-mail or phone if they have consented to share contact information, Silicon Republic reports. Though candidates may send letters to anyone on the Register of Electors per the Data Protection Act, they may not obtain contact information through third parties, Hawkes warns. In the past, Hawkes has received complaints from people who received unsolicited calls, texts and e-mails, which investigations revealed were possible due to third-party information sharing without consent.