Wednesday, 25 November 2009

His and hers privacy policies?

A fascinating contrast on the same page of yesterday's Dom-Post. A flight attendant breath-tested driving to work in the morning is still over the limit after, she says, drinking before 10 pm the night before. She is shocked, phones in and doesn't go to work. But the police contact her employer, who is then able to get all the information, and she ends up losing her job.

In the next column, the entertainer discharged without conviction after admitting that he shoved a sixteen-year-old girl's face into his genitals keeps his name suppression, although she and her mother have identified themselves and want him named to protect other women. The police did not object to the suppression. Both "protection" and "privacy", it seems, depend to a remarkable extent on who you are and how what you've done is perceived by those in authority.

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