Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Data Protection Triubunal case

I don't often cover DP issues but thought this DP tribunal case that went to the Tribunal was interesting - the Tribunal upheld the Information Commissioner's use of an enforcement notice on the Scottish National Party for use of automated telephone calls that breached the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003. The SNP failed to argue interference to rights to freedom of expression under the Human Rights Act. The ICO enforcement notice served under Section of the Data Protection Act 1998 required the SNP to :"cease using an automated calling system to transmit communications comprising recorded matter for direct marketing purposes to subscribers who have not previously notified the Scottish National Party that they consent to such communications being sent to them".

Read the Tribunal Decision (PDF)

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