BTop Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has admitted he was wrong to brand the scandal of lost CDs containing the personal data of millions of Britons a “storm in a teacup” after falling victim to an internet scam.He admits he was wrong, but nonetheless tries to pin the blame partly on a privacy law:
The outspoken star printed his bank details in a newspaper to try and make the point that his money would be safe and that the spectre of identity theft was a sham.
He also gave instructions on how to find his address on the electoral roll and details about the car he drives.
However, in a rare moment of humility Clarkson has now revealed the stunt backfired and his details were used to set up a £500 direct debit payable from his account to the British Diabetic Association.
The charity is one of many organisations that do not need a signature to set up a direct debit.
— Clarkson stung by fraud stunt, Guardian Unlimited, Monday January 7 2008
“The bank cannot find out who did this because of the Data Protection Act and they cannot stop it from happening again,” he said. “I was wrong and I have been punished for my mistake.”At least he doesn’t call for revoking that Act; he does call for going after the perpetrators.
PS: Seen on BoingBoing.