Kat Kingsley

Kat Kingsley
Kat Kingsley had given her details for test-and-trace as she boarded a bus.

A bus worker has been fired after he texted a woman from Cornwall using the details she provided for the NHS Test and Trace service.

Kat Kingsley, from Hayle, received two messages from an Original Tour bus staff member three days after going on a tour, in Windsor, on September 10.

The man had written that he wanted to see her and that she had been "living in his head". He also admitted "knowing all the risk involved in using data that's not supposed to be for me".

A spokesperson for the bus tour operator said that an investigation has been carried out and, as a result, the member of staff in question has been dismissed, the BBC reports.

They added that there will now be a new test-and-trace system which allows personal data to be stored online without staff having access to it.

As she got on the bus two weeks ago, Kat said she gave her name and phone number to a male staff member, who wrote them on a piece of paper as part of the NHS Test and Trace system.

Three days later she received text messages from the man. She told the BBC she was "in shock" when she received them.

message Kat Kingsley
© Kat Kingsley
A message Kat received
"I just sort of stared at the messages trying to figure it out," she said. "It seems like a small thing when you first look at it, but when you look into it you realise it's much bigger."

She described the messages as "so creepy" and said they left her "weirded out".

"I'm going to be wary of everywhere else," she previously said.

Original Tour said it was taking the matter extremely seriously.

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 data protection legislation."