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Celebrities Turn on Google for Failing to Contain Nude Photo Leaks

10 December, 2014

Jennifer LawrenceA plethora of highly acclaimed stars went viral this year after having their most intimate photographs hacked from their iCloud accounts. Amongst the celebrity A-listers victimised this August was Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and pop stars Arianna Grande and Rihanna. The nude leaks were made possible due to Apple’s lack of security when it comes to the iCloud as well as Google’s inability to accurately contain and temper the fallout of the debacle.

The confidentiality and security breach has led highly acclaimed Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer to threaten the search engine mogul with a lawsuit for $100 million. Singer is representative of an array of Hollywood glitterati although the exact identities of his clients have not been divulged for discretion purposes.

Singer penned an open letter to Google that proved wildly popular online, addressing the company’s inability to remove the leaked images and for perpetuating the cycle of unlawful conduct that has gone on to plague many a celebrity. He continues that Google has gone on to make millions from the viral images as members of the public ravenously use the search engine to locate the scandalous photographs. Singer further grilled the search engine for capitalising on the blatant law break rather than seeking to protect the rights of celebrities, who as public figures, are often denied privacy rights pertaining to the majority of users.

Singer writes, “If your wives, daughters or relatives were the victims of such blatant violations of basic human rights, surely you would take appropriate action," states the letter.  "But because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights, you do nothing - - nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue from your co-conspirator advertising partners as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it. Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.”

The photos have been profiled on notable sites Blogger and YouTube and Google has ignored requests for photographs and videos to be removed, calling confidentiality and legal responsibilities into question. The debate surrounding the controversial leaks has triggered numerous conflicting opinions, with those defending the stars right to privacy whilst others decry their naivety in the face of technological innovations that render privacy almost impossible. The incident has called into question the importance of safeguarding internet users against hackers who would threaten their security and privacy online.

Hopefully the scandal will highlight the broken links in the security of Apple’s Cloud based data centre iCloud, otherwise Apple faces a very high risk of people turning away from the service.

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