By Ben Hobbs

If a picture says a thousand words, a video says infinitely more. Undercover filming adds significant weight to allegations and articles, particularly as only a very small proportion of what is recorded will ultimately be used and there may be significantly more raw footage supporting the target’s position or providing proper context.

While care should be taken not to say or do anything which could reflect badly if it was recorded, it is impossible to completely prevent this, especially as things can be taken out of context or selectively edited. Should you find yourself the target of undercover filming or recording, it is vital that you do all you can to protect your reputation and privacy prior to the footage being published. This includes legally challenging the publisher’s decision to record covertly and the accuracy of the allegations the footage is intended to support, as the resulting harm is often instantaneous and any later vindication will not undo that.