It’s not just Data Protection that Virgin broke by releasing CCTV

Oops – #traingate


They say when you point a finger to accuse, you’ve got three pointing back at yourself. Virgin’s attempt to attack Jeremy Corbyn’s integrity is casting the company in an extremely bad light.

Not only is the company now under investigation by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) for a probable breach of the Data Protection Act (DPA) in its decision to release CCTV footage of Corbyn (and others), but it turns out that the company also contravened the promises to its users contained in its own privacy policy.

Virgin promises only to use CCTV footage of its passengers as follows:

virgin privpol

Let’s look at each of those bullet points to see whether they apply:

  • prevent, deter and detect crime Nope, no crime was being committed
  • apprehend and prosecute offenders, and provide evidence to take civil action in the courts Again, Nope, no crime, no courts, just running to the media
  • help provide…

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