The UK’s top authorities on privacy law have refused to confirm their availability for a lunch meeting next Friday.
Attempts to book an upstairs room at a London gastropub have foundered because none of the experts are willing to give a name, a credit card, or to say if they want a starter.
Organiser Susan Traherne said: “I put it on Google Calendars and wow, did that stir up trouble.
“And you wouldn’t believe the lecture I got when I asked who was on Facebook.
“Apparently whether they’d prefer to eat Asian fusion or classic French is important metadata which the government could use to predict their movements.
“While I completely agree that privacy is not merely a right but a fundamental aspect of freedom of expression, these get-togethers are becoming an utter ballache.”
The last attempt to discuss privacy in the social media age was postponed after members were unwilling to acknowledge that they were sitting in the same branch of Nando’s.