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11:20:52 on Sun, 26 Aug 2007, Ian Welton <[log in to unmask]> writes
>> The picture of the face, perhaps. Maybe it could be blocked out like
>>on all those "secret filming" TV documentaries, and presumably for
>>exactly the same reason?
>That does not provide any fuller answer, as a written description of a
>persons features, whilst potentially not as accurate, in many cases can with
>time and effort provide just as good and in some areas a more clearly and
>openly detailed description of a photograph as it is interpreted by the
>writer or any reader.
Getting back to first principles: what is the "personal data" in
question? If it's simply "a means to identify a person, and therefore
attribute their words/actions correctly", then while a video of someone
is apparently enough to identify a person in that way, a written record
"Mr Jones said/did X" could be even clearer.
I agree that there are some customer-facing people out there who appear
reluctant to be called to account for their actions, and therefore hide
behind various forms of anonymity (a common one being refusing to give a
name, or wearing a badge with a plainly false name).
Maybe they think that filming them breaks that anonymity, and somehow
invades their private space in a way that simply taking notes,
attributable to "the 30 year old lady with short blonde hair, a
Lancashire accent, glasses and a small tattoo on her left wrist, who was
wearing a badge that said 'Jane'" doesn't. (Despite 'Jane' being just as
traceable, if it really mattered).
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