Press watch­dog throws out JC com­plaint

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE PRESS Com­plaints Com­mis­sion has re­jected a pri­vacy com­plaint from a horse-en­thu­si­ast fea­tured in the JC’s Peo­ple col­umn over the ap­pear­ance of the story on the news­pa­per’s web­site.

Lucy Katan was fea­tured in the pa­per in Septem­ber af­ter she had launched a Bri­tish Grooms As­so­ci­a­tion. The story au­to­mat­i­cally ran on the JC web­site, thejc.com.

In her com­plaint to the PCC, Ms Katan wrote that she had done the in­ter­view only “to please my mother and as­sumed that the ar­ti­cle would sim­ply fea­ture in the printed ver­sion and hence would not be vis­i­ble to any- one in ‘my world’... it would be in print and then dis­ap­pear”.

She had sub­se­quently found that on Googling her name or that of her busi­ness, “it in­fil­trates my search re­sults. I have con­tacted Google and there is noth­ing that they can do.”

The PCC con­sid­ered the com­plaint un­der the pri­vacy clause, which states that ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to re­spect for their private life. It found that, al­though web­site pub­li­ca­tion af­forded the ar­ti­cle wider cir­cu­la­tion, the de­tail in the piece “had not failed to show re­spect for the com­plainant’s private life. In any case, the com­plainant had con­sented to the in­ter­view and the pub­li­ca­tion of the ar­ti­cle.”

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