Tuesday, 2 September 2014

For your eye's only

“Celebs in nude photo scandal’ make it to the top of our news feed today and who’s clicking on the link. I have to say for 1 ‘not me’.

I’m sure Jennifer Lawrence has a lovely figure but I don’t need to see it and the photos were never intended for the public, they are private photos stored on a private cloud account. The only reason why the likes of you and I are aware of them is because someone stole them! Yes, stole, ‘to take without permission or right, especially secretly or by force’. It took for someone to hack into her and the accounts of others and copy and exploit their private images online for all to see and continue to use what they have to blackmail others this is a criminal act.

I was pretty shocked and disappointed seeing comments made on social media about the images and requests for links to the images, if you really need to see it there are sites already available with similar content by consenting adults rather than exploiting someone who hasn't. Celebs may be famous and making a living by providing the world with entertainment but what they do in their own time in their own homes is private, and everyone is entitled to their own privacy. In general we have all been brought up to respect others, to use a level of discretion and these values should be remembered, and simply by not clicking on that link begins to remove and sense of credibility the hacker would feel from performing such a deed.

Although there has been no official comment of how the hack was made or specifically where the photos were taken from iCloud or Photostream (and likely we won’t hear about it either) I’m sure that this has raised many questions around the Apple offices this week.

The moral of that story is if you’re using a cloud based photo storing service maybe a little cautious of what you store, having an eternal hard drive works just as well, as for what Jen Law is up to, if this is really important to you maybe you need a hobby…

Sarah Taylor

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