Warning - careless talk over lunch can be costly

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.

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

cent.



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,

she added.



Leader, p8.



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