• Companies in meals and parcel supply usually depend on giant numbers of gig-economy staff.
  • The UK’s information watchdog discovered a few of these staff are propositioning prospects.
  • “Individuals have the fitting to order a pizza […] with out then being requested for intercourse,” a watchdog mentioned.

Virtually 1 in 3 Brits between 18 and 34 years previous have obtained undesirable contact from supply drivers or different staff asking them out on dates or for intercourse, the UK’s information watchdog has warned.

The survey of over 2,000 British adults carried out for the Data Commissioner’s Workplace discovered that, in whole, 17% of individuals have had their private info used for a romantic or sexual proposition after handing it over to a enterprise.


That determine rises to 33% in London, the place such incidents are most typical.

“Individuals have the fitting to order a pizza, or give their e mail for a receipt, or have purchasing delivered, with out then being requested for intercourse or a date a short while later,” mentioned Emily Keaney, a deputy commissioner on the ICO.

“Our analysis as we speak reveals a disturbingly excessive variety of individuals, notably younger individuals, are falling prey to those textual content pests,” she added.

In June, a feminine Etihad Airways passenger advised The Guardian how she felt unsafe after a employee contracted by the airline discovered her cellphone quantity within the firm system then despatched her unsolicited textual content messages.

“There could also be, amongst some, an outdated notion that to make use of somebody’s private particulars given to you in a enterprise context to ask them out is romantic or charming,” Keaney mentioned. “Put fairly merely, it’s not – it’s in opposition to the regulation.”

A rising variety of companies, notably in supply, transport, or logistics, depend on gig economic system or contract staff. These staff aren’t entitled to the identical employment rights as full-time staff, the roles will be precarious and badly paid, and turnover is usually excessive. One consequence is that delicate buyer info, equivalent to cellphone numbers and addresses, is accessible to informal staff.

The ICO didn’t explicitly identify any firms, however pointed to “main companies” working in meals and parcel supply.

Its survey discovered that two-thirds of the UK public imagine it is not morally proper to make use of private particulars given for enterprise functions for romantic or sexual propositions.

The regulator mentioned it is cracking down on such occurrences, asking victims to return ahead, and reaching out to firms to remind them of their information safety tasks.

If an organization is discovered to not be following data-protection legal guidelines, it may be fined as much as £17.5 million ($22.1 million) or 4% of its world turnover.

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