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Telegraph fined £30,000 for illegal ‘vote Tory’ emails

The Information Commissioner has fined Telegraph Media Group – which operates the Daily Telegraph – £30,000 for breaking the law at the general election by sending out emails including a message urging people to vote Conservative.

As I quoted back in May:

The email, signed by editor Chris Evans and including links to the newspaper’s election-day leader article, other political coverage and an offer for a free 45-day digital subscription, was sent to the newspaper’s database of emails on the eve of the election.

Some recipients took to Twitter to complain that they either did not know how the Telegraph had got their email address or saying they had only signed up for specific emails such as its technology or finance newsletters.

The problem was that what the law views as marketing material – the message urging people to vote Tory – was sent to people who the Daily Telegraph had permission to email for other purposes but did not have permission to send them marketing material.

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