Apple pays millions of dollars to student after nude photos posted to Facebook by iPhone repair techs

Apple has paid a multi-million-dollar settlement to a student after her under-repair iPhone was used to post explicit nude photos and a sex video from her phone on her Facebook account. The photos and video were posted by two repair technicians working at an Apple iPhone repair facility in California run by Pegatron.

Apple pays millions of dollars to student after nude photos posted to Facebook by iPhone repair techsIndia Today:

The grave privacy violation took place in 2016 when a university student in Oregon had sent her phone to Apple for repair. As the phone was being fixed, two technicians posted 10 photos of the student “in various stages of undress and a sex video” found within the phone onto her Facebook account.

The post on Facebook was made in a way that suggested that she uploaded the content herself. The images were removed after the student was informed of the post by her friends.

As per the legal filings spotted by The Telegraph, the exact amount of the settlement was not disclosed. However, it has been described as a “multimillion-dollar” sum, as the lawyers for the individual demanded $5m (£3.6m) in settlements.

The confidentiality agreement left many details of the incident hidden. What is known is that the two employees have been fired after an “exhaustive” investigation by Apple. Apple has also been reimbursed for the settlement by Pegatron. Pegatron and its insurers, who refused to pay the bill, have now settled the matter privately.

MacDailyNews Take: Yikes! Another reminder that if you don’t want nude photos and videos online, don’t take them in the first place! That said, certainly, a monetary payment was appropriate in this case as Apple’s marketing suggests we should trust the company and their surrogates with security and privacy of Apple devices at all times, including when sent in for repair.

5 Comments

  1. “The grave privacy violation took place in 2016 when a university student in Oregon had sent her phone to Apple for repair.”

    Let’s see…

    university student
    Oregon
    3.sent iPhone to Apple for repair

    Shame on the two repair technicians, but it seems her iPhone was not the only thing broken.

  2. I have family share on my iCloud account. If any family member is dumb enough to take nude shots the entire family will be able to see them (looks at two teenage daughters who still think boys have cooties).

  3. The two (ex)Apple employees should be in jail. Plus they should be charged for a copyright violation for posting images that they did not have a copyright to post. I believe in a recent US case the price was $80,000 per image.

  4. MDN’s take here is loathsome. The whole point of technology is to do what we want, not mold us to do what the tech maker finds convenient. Apple does everything it can to make its tech an intimate part of our lives. It is right to hold them responsible when they betray our trust.

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