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No Privacy Right in UK ?
Cypherpunks assume privacy is a good thing
and wish there were more of it.
--Welcome to cypherpunks
11 16 95 The Electronic Telegraph runs a newsstory headed
Doorstep polish researcher was whiplash injuries spy
Here are excerpts from the newsstory:
Miss [Natalie] Goldner had been hurt when a car in which
she was a passenger was hit from behind in April 1988,
and she was forced to leave her video library job.
Shortly after the accident, she started a claim for compen-
sation and future loss of earnings against the Royal Insur-
...Margot Christie...was working for the Hampshire Detec-
tive Agency when she went to Miss Goldner's house in Octo-
Christie posed as a market researcher.
It was only when a compensation claim reached court that
Miss Goldner realised the "researcher" was a private de-
tective hired to discover the extent of her injuries.
In a report which was due to go before the court, Mrs Chris-
tie said she had asked Miss Goldner to test some polish
and window cleaner.
[Christie] returned 11 days later. "I asked the plaintiff
if the polish had given a good shine and if she had rubbed
hard. The plaintiff said 'Yes I did, it didn't smear at all'."
Natalie lives with her mother.
"I felt as though we had been burgled. I felt violated. We
were so worried afterwards that we just didn't trust anyone
who turned up at our door.
"She asked lots of questions about who did the housework
in our house. We were just chatting away and I had no idea
she was there to spy on me."
Natalie settled out of court.
In September, she accepted a 20,000 [pound] settlement after
one day of a planned four-day court hearing.
She is to lodge a complaint with the Association of British
Fortunately, the Daily Telegraph publicized the case. The news-
story points out:
A spokesman for Liberty, the civil rights group, said: "There
is no right to personal privacy in Britain and so it [invasion
of privacy by deception] is not against the law."
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