Everybody has been getting so thoroughly animated about whether Jeremy Corbyn could have had a seat on a Virgin Train that they appear to have missed a fundamental aspect of the story.
Virgin broke the law when it released CCTV footage which it claimed showed Mr Corbyn walking past empty seats to sit on the floor.
Steve Walker was quicker than This Writer to produce an article about this, so I’ll hand over to him:
There is another key question to address: that Virgin may have broken data protection laws in apparent eagerness to protect their commercial interests by making a politician who is unashamedly on record as wanting to re-nationalise a key money-spinner [look like a liar].
There’s nothing whatever in the rules that states a company can release CCTV of an identifiable person in order to shore up their commercial reputation that might be damaged by revelations of over-full trains (although Corbyn only talks about general overcrowding issues, not Virgin’s).
By releasing it online and to the BBC so that the BBC can use it for entertainment – which BBC News undoubtedly is – both organisations appear to have contravened the ICO’s specific prohibition, since the BBC is evidently not protecting Corbyn’s identity as adherence to the Data Protection Act requires.
You can read Steve’s conclusions by visiting his own site, here: Did Corbyn stage traingate? Clearly not. Did Virgin/BBC break law? Probably. | The SKWAWKBOX Blog
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published the rules on making CCTV images public, as follows:
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