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Apple employees leaked intimate photos of a US student to the network: the company paid her millions

Apple settled a case with a 21-year-old student after she sent her iPhone to a repair shop in 2016 and found employees uploaded personal explicit images and videos to her Facebook account from the phone. 9TO5Mac.

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The student sent her iPhone to Apple for repair. The invasion of her privacy took place at a California repair facility run by Pegatron, an Apple contractor. The Telegraph reports that Apple has paid millions of dollars in compensation.

Apple is proud of its commitment to privacy and data security. Unfortunately, in this case, these priorities were not met at the contractor's site.

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The repair technicians uploaded about 10 images and videos to the Internet from her personal photo library on the device. The girl sued Apple for invading privacy and causing emotional distress. The employees involved were dismissed.

While the phone was being repaired, the two technicians reportedly posted “10 photos of her in various stages of stripping and sex videos” from her Facebook account, suggesting that she had uploaded them herself. The images were only removed after friends informed her of the post.

In a statement to The Telegraph, Apple said, "When we learned of this flagrant violation of our policy from one of our suppliers in 2016, we took immediate action and have continued to strengthen our suppliers' protocols ever since."

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One problem here is that Apple instructs customers to send their iPhones with the password disabled, which allows anyone in the chain to access any data stored on the device. However, it's always a good idea to factory reset your device before sending it in for repair.

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