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From the Press Association:

Eddie Mair | 14:02 UK time, Tuesday, 9 February 2010

By Andrew Woodcock, Press Association Chief Political Correspondent
Labour breached privacy rules by making unsolicited automated phone calls to almost half a million people without their consent, the Information Commissioner's Office ruled today.

The calls, featuring a recorded message from Coronation Street actress Liz
Dawn, were targeted at around 495,000 people in areas with strong Labour support
to encourage them to turn out to vote in the local and European elections last

Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith said calls of this type can cause
"annoyance and disruption" to those receiving them.

He ordered Labour to ensure that no further automated direct marketing calls
are made without consent, warning that failure to comply would be a criminal
offence which could lead to prosecution."


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