11th February 2024 – (San Francisco) Taylor Swift has recently taken legal action against Jack Sweeney, a junior studying information technology at the University of Central Florida, for his automated tracking of her private jet. In late December, Swift’s legal team issued a cease-and-desist letter, accusing Sweeney of potentially endangering her safety by providing stalkers with information about her location.
The letter, sent by attorneys from the law firm Venable, argued that Sweeney’s tracking activities could offer malicious individuals a roadmap to carry out harmful plans. Sweeney, however, defended his actions in an email to the Associated Press, stating that he believes in the importance of transparency and public information. He pointed out that tracking private jets, including Swift’s, is based on publicly available data.
Despite Sweeney’s reliance on data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Venable attorneys accused him of disregarding the personal safety of others and repeatedly harassing their client. They demanded that Sweeney immediately cease providing information about Swift’s location to the public.
Interestingly, it remains unclear whether the attorneys issued a similar demand to the FAA, as the agency is the original source of the public data Sweeney utilised.
Sweeney had created over 30 Twitter accounts dedicated to flight tracking, known as X after Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform. Musk himself had a brief conflict with Sweeney, initially allowing his @elonjet account to remain on the platform due to his commitment to free speech. However, Musk later reversed his decision, citing concerns about personal safety and effectively banning Sweeney from X.
In other news, Swift recently touched down in Los Angeles after concluding her Tokyo show, positioning her to attend the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. It is expected that she will be supporting her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end. Swift’s presence at the game adds to her history of attending Chiefs games, which has boosted NFL ratings. Following the Super Bowl, Swift is scheduled to embark on a tour in Australia, starting with a concert in Melbourne on 16th February.