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Data Protection Commission

Data Protection Commissioner Welcomes Successful Prosecution
of Littlewoods Ireland and The Irish Times Limited

The Data Protection Commissioner today welcomed the outcome of prosecution proceedings which were heard at the Dublin Metropolitan District Court and which were taken by her office against Shop Direct Ireland Limited trading as Littlewoods Ireland and The Irish Times Limited.

In both instances the Data Protection Commissioner had issued warnings to the defendants following investigations carried out on foot of previous complaints in December 2014 in the case of Littlewoods Ireland, and in November 2012 in the case of The Irish Times. The subsequent commission of further offences by the defendants prompted the Data Protection Commissioner to institute prosecution proceedings against both companies.

Littlewoods Ireland pleaded guilty to one charge of sending an unsolicited marketing email to an individual who had previously opted out of receiving marketing emails.

The court proposed that the defendant contribute €5,000 in the form of a charitable donation to Pieta House.

The Irish Times pleaded guilty to one charge of sending an unsolicited marketing email (in the form of a weekly newsletter) to an individual who had previously made several attempts to opt out of receiving the newsletter. The court proposed that the defendant contribute €3,000 in the form of a charitable donation to Pieta House.

Both defendants covered all costs incurred by the office of the Data Protection Commissioner in bringing prosecutions.

The proceedings in both cases were adjourned to the 23rd May 2016.

The Court heard evidence in the case from Mr. Tony Delaney, Assistant Commissioner, office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

Speaking after today's proceedings Data Protection Commissioner, Ms. Helen Dixon, said,

"These are further successful prosecutions brought by the Data Protection Commissioner in relation to electronic direct marketing offences. The three-pronged approach of my office of guiding, supervising and, crucially, prosecuting where necessary is fostering greater levels of compliance among organisations and consistently driving down the number of complaints from individuals regarding breaches of the marketing regulations."

 

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