Eva Longoria claims Apple Retail Store employees breached privacy policy by contacting her directly

“In the wake of the celeb hacking scandal, Eva Longoria has claimed her own privacy was breached by more than one Apple employee in Texas,” Access Hollywood reports.

“Longoria sat down with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover for Access Hollywood Live and as the leaked photo scandal came up, she disclosed that an employee at an Apple store admitted to taking her information and actually contacted her,” Access Hollywood reports. “‘Wait, what were they sending you? Like, ‘Hi Eva, my name is John?” Hoover asked.”

Access Hollywood reports, “‘Yeah. ‘I made a dress I want to send it to you, I work at the Apple Store here in San Antonio’ and I’m like… what? Did someone give out my email? Or my phone! ‘I saw your phone number from your profile, I just wanted to call and say hi I’m a fan.’ …There are a lot of privacy issues,’ Longoria said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If true, that’s obviously a fireable offense.

38 Comments

  1. This is not Apple’s fault, just like it wouldn’t be Facebook’s fault if one of their employees looked up a celebrity profile and contacted them. It is the employees fault. As MDN said, if this is true, the employee should be terminated. I am fairly confident these large corporations include in their training materials that it is never okay to look up contact information or contact customers for any reason unless it’s related to a request the customer has explicitly made.

    1. It is Apple’s fault if Apple does not restrict access to user’s account information. All account access should be logged and be allowed with a valid support ticket.

      Apple needs to tighten security procedures more than anyone else is willing to do.

      Ivy needs to put some thoughts into innovating in the security of users data and media.

    2. You can train all you want, but you can’t train away stupidity. Saying there is an amount of employee training and protocols that can be put into place that would completely stop this type of thing is as stupid as saying there are enough gun restrictions and free counseling available to prevent people from going on murderous rampages. Idiots are doing to do whatever idiots want regardless of the systems put in place to stop them. Apple is only at fault for hiring the dumbass in the first place. Fire him (if this story is true) and move on. Nothing to see here.

      1. Yes there is always the possibility of rogue or stupid employees, but that doesn’t relieve corporate Apple of legal and practical responsibility for what its hired representatives do with internally deployed systems and information.

        And being responsible doesn’t mean you can guarantee perfection. That is a false dichotomy. Nobody is saying Apple has to be the only corporation on the planet without glitches.

        1. Yes, Apple is responsible for what their agent did with data entrusted to them. The employee violated Apple’s privacy terms. He deserves firing with prejudice. Apple could be on the hook for financial damages for the violation. . . not much, but some. The one violated must show an economic loss, such as expenses to change her email and notify friends and business relationships of the new address. These may or may not be trivial.

      2. If the corporations on Wall Street weren’t responsible for destroying the lives of millions of americans, bankrupting thousands of americans, and making thousands of americans homeless as a direct result of their corporate policy, then I don’t see what responsibility Apple has here from a rogue employee.

    3. Obviously the employee is mostly to blame and should be fired if the story is true, but Apple is also at fault as it is the corporation responsible for managing their customers information and protecting all customers (famous or not) from misuse of their information.

    4. Actually, a company is responsible for the actions of its employees, while they are on the clock, even if the actions in question have nothing to do with the employees’ job. So if “John” stole her info during the work day (seems most likely), Apple can get hit with that. Or, let’s say, John saw the info left on a coworker desk at home, John is off the clock, but who ever removed the info from the Apple store must have been at work to do it, so Apple gets hit again.

    5. There is a HUGE difference between someone being “responsible” and someone being “at fault”. They are not the same thing. A factory worker on the clock might decide to kill a fellow employee because his wife had an affair at home. While the factory might be “responsible” for the death of the co-worker, the it is certainly not the factories fault that this happened. Same with Apple. Apple may have responsibility, but as I said originally, it’s not Apples fault this happened.

  2. More than fired, if true the employee should be prosecuted by the full weight of the law.

    But remember there’s also a lot of BS being thrown at Apple and it’s very easy to impersonate an employee over the phone.

    1. The employee did not look up the info. He or she got it at the time Eva came in for service. Any service requires contact info so once the service is complete they are notified to pickup there device. Apple strictly forbids contact for anything else period. The training is out there long ago about this kind of thing no matter who they are.

  3. So she purchased something at the Apple Retail Store and was asked for her phone number along with other information. What does she think this is for? Some stupid Apple employees, who have full right to see the number for Apple business purposes, used it for personal business which as said, is a fireable offense at best. Did she complain to anyone beside the media when it could get her attention?

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