Restaurants are the worst place to indulge in a conversation if you
want to keep your information secret, according to research by PR and
marketing consultancy, Marketeer.
Of the 100 people polled, both in and out of the PR industry, 22 per
cent said restaurants were the best place to overhear privileged
information, with trains or tube journeys a close second at 19 per
More than 60 per cent of respondents would act on such information
knowing it was not yet in the public domain, and 83 per cent said that
where no financial gain was apparent, they would automatically repeat
what they had heard to friends or colleagues.
The findings indicate that keeping secrets is more difficult than ever
as communication has become more instant. Mobile phone conversations
came in fourth, with 16 per cent of those surveyed saying this was the
best way to overhear sensitive information.
’Now that we can do things like talk on a phone or work on a computer in
public places, we have to be more careful to keep our private
information private,’ says Fiona Reece, a Marketeer director.
Mobile phone users should be aware of speaking loudly when trying to
combat bad reception, and lap-top users on trains should make sure they
look over their shoulders to make sure no-one is reading their screen,