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Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020

Bar worker 'messaged model after getting number from Test and Trace'

A model says she was sent text messages and a selfie by a bar worker after being asked to leave her details for Test and Trace.
Lucy Dixon, 32, accused him of breaching data protection regulations for taking her her number, which was meant to be used to contact her if someone nearby had tested positive for coronavirus.

In the messages, the man calling himself Tom said: ‘Hey gorgeous, hope you’re well? Xx

‘Was fun seeing you at the [pub]’

Lucy, who also does work as a dancer, fire performer, and personal trainer, – replied: ‘Who is this? I actually don’t know who you are.’

The guy then sent her a selfie and added: ‘I was working the night you came in, you’re gorgeous x’

Lucy, who lives near Leamington Spa, Warwick, added: ‘How did you get my number?’

He replied: ‘Off Insta. Hope that’s ok?’

But she hit back and said: ‘My number isn’t on Insta.’

The man then said: ‘Sorry if not. If you want me to leave it’s fine.’

But he persisted and added: ‘Where abouts you from?’

After working it out, Lucy added: ‘Have you taken my number from when I ordered drinks through the app last night?’

To which he replied: ‘Maybe. But if you want me to leave it is fine.

‘And sorry if so. I’m guessing so.’

She responded: ‘You know that’s against the law?’

He then added: ‘As I said I’m sorry so I’ll leave it.’

Lucy posted grabs of the messages on Facebook, saying it was a breach of General Data Protection Regulation.

Under Government measures pubs and bars have to ask customers to leave their contact details so they can be called in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.

Her post has now gone viral and has had over 4,000 shares, likes and comments.

Lucy said: ‘Track and Trace, and bars having to take down your details in order for you to be there these days.

‘And this is exactly what should never happen.

‘A complete breach of GDPR.

‘Currently getting to the bottom of how and why this has happened. Surely these are meant to be secure databases no?’
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