European Data Protection Digest

Ofcom: Show Violated Gambler’s Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—UK

May 9, 2013

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled the BBC violated privacy codes by not completely obscuring a subject’s identity in its television programme “Panorama: Gambling Nation.” BBC News reports the participant, referred to as “Mr. C,” was filmed in a way that obscured his face but did not disguise his voice. As a result, some friends recognised him, resulting in distress and infringement of his privacy, the report states. Ofcom noted, “The broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression…did not outweigh Mr. C’s expectation of privacy.” All future airings of the episode have been canceled.
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