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New Spam Laws Implemented In Ireland

by Robin Pilgrim, LawAndTax-News.com, London

14 November 2003


Ireland's Minister for Communications, Dermot Ahern on Monday signed into law new regulations dealing with spam, cookies, and other privacy issues relating to electronic communication.

The European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 2003 implement the EU's new Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive.

The regulations contain provisions regulating the use of cookies and spyware, impose restrictions on unsolicited direct marketing by phone, fax, e-mail, or SMS, and allow subscribers listed in freely available directories to specify what personal information is listed.

The new rules also require that subscribers listed in public directories are informed as to how their data can be accessed and used, and that mobile location data can only be used with an individual's consent.

Provisions for the enforcement of decisions made by Comreg or the Data Protection Commissioner are also contained within the regulations, and both are given increased powers to investigate suspected breaches of the law in this area.


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