Some people don’t seem to get this. They say “If you don’t want your noodz stolen, don’t put them on iCloud!” And then everyone’s freaks out and they’re like “I’m just giving advice!”
Because there’s two ways that sentence could be understood. To them it sounds like “Here is some helpful advice…
Also, maybe I’m wrong but the fact that someone had to hack in to get the pictures means that they weren’t somewhere that anyone could see them. In no way were they on display. Someone had to actually go in and get them.
Obviously we need to take care to protect our sensitive data but as Hank says, it’s important to make sure that we know that the person to blame is the person who stole those photos. What they did is the electronic equivalent of breaking into a house, rifling through some drawers, finding some photos and sending them to a newspaper.
We all have a right to expect private things that are kept in a private place to remain private. This may be utterly naive as it has been proven time and time again that this is pretty much impossible, certainly in today’s society, but that does not make it any less true. What is important is not just making sure that we are all adequately aware of how to keep our private data private but also to crack down on hackers who want to cause harm by making the personal public.
Furthermore, there’s a difference between hacking a government server to publish documents that prove wrongdoing and stealing private photos which are not in anyway incriminating or shameful. I am advocating neither but whilst the latter is merely a gross invasion of privacy, the former is grounded in a certain amount of morals and ethics. The first has educative value and allows for oversight where none might otherwise be forthcoming (it is, of course, important to acknowledge that it would most likely have many negative effects that we would most likely want to avoid). The second serves no useful purpose. It is merely a way of causing hurt and distress to someone who does not deserve it.
In a less general sense, I also want to point out that Jennifer Lawrence’s body belongs to no one but herself. The public does not have a right to it nor to the nude photos which were leaked. If this had been a male celebrity, people would most likely not have cared as much, firstly because male nudity is more acceptable and secondly because men’s bodies are not objectified to the same extent as women’s.
(I didn’t know I had so much to say on the subject. I totally didn’t mean this to be so long… I got rather carried away… Please feel free to correct me if I got anything wrong, I haven’t been following the story that closely)