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Ireland – Communication Regulation Commission

The Irish Government has formally signed a law outlawing spam. The law gives effect to new EU regulations banning the sending of unsolicited e-mails or text messages to the general public. Ireland passed the self-titled European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Data Protection and Privacy) Regulations 2003. Regulation 13 is about spam, and it starts strong with mandatory opt-in for unsolicited spamming. The Data Protection Commissioner receives and investigates complaints on breaches of regulation 13 of Statutory Instrument 535 of 2003 which makes it an offence to send unsolicited marketing messages. In 2004, 131 complaints were received. Regulation 19 grants enforcement powers to the Commission for Communications Regulation (abbreviated as "Regulator" in the regulations). The Regulator, in consultation with the Data Protection Commissioner, may also specify the form and any other requirements regarding the obtaining, recording and rescinding of the consent of subscribers for the purposes of these Regulations. The punishment granted to the Commission is a warning.  

Competent authority Communication Regulation Commission
Regime: Opt-in
Contact person  The Data Protection Commissioner
Block 4, Irish Life Centre, Talbot Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 874 8544
Fax: (01) 874 5405

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