By Laura Kemp • 09 June 2021 • 15:17
Apple Paid Woman Millions After Technicians Posted Explicit Photos. image: Twitter
APPLE has paid millions of dollars in settlement to a woman in Oregon after repair technicians uploaded explicit photos and a sex video from her iPhone to social media. The image and video were uploaded to the woman’s Facebook, making it look as though she had shared them herself on purpose.
The woman was only made aware that the explicit content had been posted onto her profile when friends contacted her to warn her.
According to legal filings that the Telegraph obtained, this caused “severe emotional distress” to the woman and led her suing Apple.
The woman had sent her iPhone to an Apple-approved repair contractor, Pegatron Technology Service in California, on January 14 in 2016. Although the tech giant’s name wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the suit in a bid to keep the matter confidential.
However, attorneys in an unrelated case that also involved Apple and Pegatron made reference to the incident in their legal filings saying the company was “clearly Apple”, Metro reports.
Apple confirmed in a statement that it has since strengthened its “vendor protocols”. An Apple spokesperson said: “We take the privacy and security of our customers’ data extremely seriously and have a number of protocols in place to ensure data is protected throughout the repair process,
“When we learned of this egregious violation of our policies at one of our vendors in 2016, we took immediate action and have since continued to strengthen our vendor protocols”, they added.
Since 2016, the tech giant has continued to strengthen privacy controls for iPhone and this week the company announced the iOS 15 will have features such as an App Privacy Report and a new iCloud+ option that includes a feature called ‘Private Relay’.
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