Laura O’Brien reports:
The Data Protection Commission has cautioned political parties prior to the upcoming general election to only communicate with individuals over text, email or phone if they have consented to giving them these contact details.
The commissioner Billy Hawkes has advised them not to obtain or use contact information through third parties and to avoid sending electoral messages to people, apart from those who can be assumed to have consented to receiving them.
Candidates are permitted to send letters to anyone on the Register of Electors, however, under the Data Protection Act.
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