n Without Prejudice - A not so private world : protection of personal information law

Volume 14, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


The recent scandal involving the online distribution of explicit private images obtained from the iCloud accounts of several celebrities has placed the issue of data security firmly back on the public agenda. The incident apparently resulted from hackers obtaining access to the digital storage facility that Apple makes available to users of Apple devices. Most users of iPhones and iPads set up their iCloud accounts to result in automatic backups of all their photos, music and other content, resulting in highly sensitive or private information being copied to the cloud storage facility automatically. Following the incident, Apple has denied that its security systems were inadequate to begin with, but has nevertheless announced its intention to introduce new measures to tighten access to iCloud accounts.

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