UPC has said it will not share data with An Post as part of its crackdown on people not paying for a TV licence.
Earlier, An Post said it will access Sky and UPC subscriptions to work out who has not paid the fee.
However, in a statement UPC said: UPC has noted the comments by Minister Rabbitte earlier today.
“UPC is not in a position to give An Post access to our cable subscription data because this would contravene our obligations under data protection.”
It is estimated that 15% of the population is evading the payment.