Press watchdog throws out JC complaint
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.”