Schoolboy in TalkTalk Arrest Plans to Sue Newspapers Over Privacy Concerns
John Williamson / 3 years ago
The TalkTalk data breach was allegedly masterminded by a 15-year-old schoolboy in County Antrim which caused a great deal of embarrassment and raised questions about TalkTalk’s encryption. Senior staff at TalkTalk believed the DDOS attack to be the work of a cyber-criminal gang or state-sponsored hack. Once the media had been told of the schoolboy’s arrest, various stories were published about his behavior and secluded lifestyle. Some outlets even published a picture of the young boy, with his face slightly covered.
Given the nature of these stories, the schoolboy believes he has a legal case against them in regards to privacy intrusion. He intends to sue three leading newspapers; The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Sun. Additionally, according to RTE News, the boy’s lawyers have commenced proceedings against Google and Twitter.
This is an interesting turn of events as there is a legal case when you consider the misuse of private information. However, it’s unknown if this is allowed due to the free press reporting on a serious news issue. The legal proceedings will begin next month and rest assured, we will keep you up to date with all the latest information.
Do you think the press breached this young boy’s privacy?