A woman claims she was sent flirty text messages by a ‘creepy’ tour bus worker who got her details from her test-and-trace form.
Kat Kingsley, from Hayle, Cornwall, went on the Original Tour bus in Windsor last Thursday.
But just three days later the 25-year-old claims she received text messages from a male worker that said she had been ‘living in his head’ and admitted ‘knowing all the risk involved in using data that’s not supposed to be for me’.
Kat Kingsley, 25, (pictured) from Hayle, Cornwall, went on the Original Tour bus in Windsor last Thursday
Ms Kingsley, who works as a nanny, said that as she got on the bus with a child and had given her name and number to a staff member who wrote them on a piece of paper as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.
She claims that a few days after the trip she received a message that read: ‘Basically, the other day after you left I felt silly, keep looking around to see if I could spot you again.
‘Yesterday they sent me again to Windsor and I felt even more silly realising I was still hoping to see you.
‘Along with the idea of this stupid message you’ve been living my head (not really good conditions but the rent is cheap and there is plenty of room ) for 3 days now…
‘Joking joking joking! So today I decided to stop being silly and go full stupid and write you, knowing all the risk involved in using data that’s not supposed to be for me.
‘Don’t get me wrong, mainly I’m just zealous and professional to test, in advance, a totally random phone number to see if it is correct in case he NHS will need it in the future.’
A second message read: ‘Anyway, apart all the due apologies you owe me for all this silliness and stupidity you generated in me, I need you to tell me something to make me finally realise that that smile wasn’t that gorgeous and its not really you, but the fact that I like all the kats in general.’
Three days later Ms Kingsley claims she received text messages from the man that said she had been ‘living in his head’ and he admitted ‘knowing all the risk involved in using data that’s not supposed to be for me’
Ms Kingsley (pictured) said she was ‘shocked’ when she received the messages which she branded as ‘so creepy’ and left her ‘weirded out’
Speaking about the incident, Ms Kingsley said she was ‘shocked’ when she received the messages which she branded as ‘so creepy’ and left her ‘weirded out’.
She has since urged said people to be cautious as she said the system was ‘not very safe’.
She said: ‘At first I was pretty shocked, I never thought this would happen to me – but I figured I’d wait until the morning to ask for advice from people.
‘When I woke up I thought about it more and more, and realised how big of an issue this actually is.
‘Not only that, but he had mentioned the child’s name in the messages as well. So as a duty of care for the child, I had to report it anyway.
‘I suffer from situational anxiety, and I was so anxious not only that this had happened, but the fact I had to go and tell the family that unfortunately their child is involved.
‘I was quite literally shaking all morning, when I told the parents. I have a number for a man that works for the company to give me a formal apology, but I’m not sure how I want to follow through yet.
‘I would just urge people to be cautious as the system is not very safe and needs re-evaluating.
‘Now I don’t think I will give my details over again. I’m going to be wary of everywhere else.’
She added: ‘The government really need to re-assess the track and trace system. All it’d take is for the wrong person to get the wrong information and somebody could end up in a much worse position than I.
‘I want to know how our government can make our data safer.
‘I just sort of stared at the messages trying to figure it out. It seems like a small thing when you first look at it, but when you look into it you realise it’s much bigger.’
Original Tour said if the incident was ‘proven from our investigation, this is totally unacceptable’ and it would take appropriate action.
A spokesperson added: ‘It goes against the values of our organisation entirely.’
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: ‘The unauthorised use of customers’ information provided for contact tracing is unacceptable and every business must comply with all date protection legislation.’