European Data Protection Digest

Fines Handed Out and Breach Reported

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

December 6, 2012

Dublin District Court handed out fines to four companies based on prosecutions taken by the data protection commissioner (DPC), reports the Irish Times. The charges included sending unsolicited texts and e-mails and making unsolicited phone calls. The DPC says it is satisfied with the outcomes, noting they reaffirm the message that “the largest telcos down to small operators” would be punished for breaches. Meanwhile, mobile phone company O2 has announced that a backup tape went missing in September 2011 that may have contained customer information. O2 will notify 1.3 million customers, though the DPC and O2 agree customer risk is low.
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