Apple investigates reseller over stolen Olympic sex pictures

Macworld Australia Staff
18 June, 2012
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Apple is investigating an authorised Apple reseller after staff allegedly took photos from the computer of an Australian Olympic athlete depicting him having sex with his wife.

The report by states the athlete took his computer into the reseller for repair, with the images taken before the computer was returned.

According to Apple spokeswoman Fiona Martin, the tech giant is looking into the allegations and warned any customers who felt their privacy had been compromised to contact Apple immediately.

The breach of privacy has been ongoing, believes.

“The Olympian is among a number of celebrities – as well as members of the general public – caught out. Shop staff scan machines for intimate material under the encouragement of the store’s owner and upload sensitive photos and videos to a shared drive,” alleged.

The reseller owner told the site that, “If people choose to put photos and personal information on their computers that’s their decision.”

News believes the staff are not acting illegally because of a legal loophole.



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  1. Tim says:

    This has got to be stopped!

  2. Paul says:

    The Government needs to close the loophole that allows this to happen and Apple needs to dump this reseller. Apple does not need these type of resellers using the Apple name.

  3. MissionMan says:

    They’re in for a nasty surprise. It may not be illegal under the criminal but it is illegal under the copyright act. Its illegal to copy pictures without the permission of the owner and the store can be sued for a big enough number that they won’t be in business for a long time.

    The fact that News has seen copies of the pictures is proof that the store has copied the material and this in itself shows the offence has been committed.

  4. Garry says:

    So many issues lie here, breach of privacy, breach of copyright, not to mention just plain dishonest. I often wonder how any data on any device is treated if the device becomes faulty due to any reason and can not be used correctly for the user. I wonder how much sensitive data is stored on a hard disk which then fails and is replaced under warranty. I would prefer to keep the drive and pay the cost of a new drive rather than permit return to manufacturer. Sorry that is a bit of topic.

    Get rid of this reseller, they are not worth the hassle.

  5. Phoenix says:

    What is the loophole? Surely where a customer has submitted their computer for repair it is for that and that only. I don’t think anyone would give permission to then say ‘hey sure, rifle through my personal files and take or look at whatever you like’! It’s not just wrong, it is immoral and unethical!

    Apple needs to give ‘em the boot and any other reseller who’d think f doing it,

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