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Taylor Swift threatens college student with legal action after tracking her private jet

Taylor Swift threatens college student with legal action after tracking her private jet

Taylor Swift’s lawyers have issued a cease and desist letter to a college computer programming student who uses public flight data to monitor the private jet usage of several high-profile figures.

The letter was reportedly sent to Jack Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, who was briefly suspended from X - formally known as Twitter - in December 2022 after he tracked Elon Musk’s plane.

According to reports, the programmer is facing similar accusations of “stalking and harassing behaviour” for tracking the flights of Swift’s private jet.

“Firstly I’d like to clarify that my intentions are not to cause harm,” Sweeney told The Independent in a statement. “I actually like some of her songs”.

The student went on to defend his actions claiming a “public interest” argument, insisting that the pop star should “reasonably expect” the jet to be tracked since the Japanese embassy participated in an online discussion about whether Swift would be able to fly from her Toyko concert to Las Vegas in time for the Super Bowl.

The Independent has reached out to Swift’s representative for further comment.