Donald Trump golf resort in Scotland may face legal claim over breach of privacy

[Photo: Pixabay / CC0]

A court in Edinburgh has ruled that an environmental activist, Rohan Beyts, can sue Trump International Golf Course Scotland (TIGC), which is wholly owned by Donald Trump, for breach of privacy and compensation after she was apparently filmed without her consent on the course, according to an article in The Guardian.

The ruling raises the prospect of Donald Trump facing a battle in the Scottish small claims court a few months into his first term as U.S. president.

The Guardian had earlier revealed that TIGC had breached the UK’s strict laws on data protection and privacy after it failed to register with the information commissioner’s office (ICO), despite operating an extensive CCTV system and handling data on thousands of golfers, guests, staff and suppliers. The resort insisted this was due to a clerical error.

The case results from an incident when Ms Beyts and a friend used a public footpath across the Trump course to reach the sand dunes and beach that border the golf links. As they returned from their walk, Ms Beyts says she was challenged by resort staff and then photographed by a local newspaper photographer.

Ms Beyts’s lawyer, Mike Dailly, the principal solicitor at Govan Law Centre in Glasgow, said: “This is a straightforward claim for invasion of privacy, on the basis that the golf course has admitted that they weren’t registered with the ICO.”

Defamation & Privacy Barrister - myBarrister