Monday 5 December 2016

Colum Kenny: Internet fame threatens more than your job

Breach of privacy is a growth sector for the world's lawyers, and it is not hard to see why, writes Colum Kenny

Published 26/06/2011 | 05:00

SHE had a bad day on the train, and spoke silly sentences to a conductor who reprimanded her for swearing loudly to a friend. That might have been the end of it -- except that another passenger had recorded the exchange on a mobile phone. And then posted the video on YouTube last week.

  • Go To

The woman was recognised, and was shamed publicly for angrily proclaiming how well-educated she is. "Do you know what schools I have been to?" she asked the train employee haughtily.

Elsewhere, a young man and woman were caught up in a riot that followed a hockey game in Canada. Nobody might have known, except that she was knocked to the ground in a police charge. As he leant over to comfort her, their photo was taken and flashed around the world. They were recognised and named on the internet.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice