'I'd Tell You Everything If You'd Pick Up That Telephone': Political Expression and Data Protection

European Human Rights Law Review, pp. 166-175, 2011

UEA LAW Working Paper No. 2011-DMS-1

19 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011

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Daithi Mac Sithigh

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law

Date Written: May 22, 2011

Abstract

Discusses the significance of Directive 2002/58 in terms of its effect on democratic political activities. Comments on the data protection framework in the UK, noting problems experienced by political parties attempting direct marketing by means of automated messaging as part of their campaigning. Looks at the scope and definition of the law, addressing direct marketing issues and whether there is a case for treating political communication differently. Examines the impact of the framework on human rights, including the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.10.

Keywords: European Convention on Human Rights, Data Protection Directive, automated calling systems, data protection, direct marketing, freedom of expression, political parties

Suggested Citation

Mac Sithigh, Daithi, 'I'd Tell You Everything If You'd Pick Up That Telephone': Political Expression and Data Protection (May 22, 2011). European Human Rights Law Review, pp. 166-175, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849603

Daithi Mac Sithigh (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT7 1NN
Ireland

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