A Hard Lesson About Privacy

By Deane Barker on January 7, 2008

Clarkson stung after bank prank: Jeremy Clarkson, host of the awesome Top Gear, thought people were too uptight about privacy breaches. So…

Clarkson published details of his Barclays account in the Sun newspaper, including his account number and sort code. He even told people how to find out his address.

“All you’ll be able to do with them is put money into my account. Not take it out. Honestly, I’ve never known such a palaver about nothing,” he told readers.

Something tells me he won’t be doing that again…

“I opened my bank statement this morning to find out that someone has set up a direct debit which automatically takes £500 from my account,” he said.



  1. That’s what too little paranoia and willful ignorance of a subject matter (such as how bank accounts actually work and what your information empowers others to do) gets you.

    Serves him right and I hope the bank doesn’t pay him back any losses.


  2. Hmmm … all them Nigerian 419’rs mustn’t have got the memo to put funds into the account (and not take out).

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: “Whadda dope, whadda maroon!

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