Today, it happened again: a number of celebrities were targeted, and their private, intimate photos were leaked online.
This is not their fault. You have the right to take whatever pictures of yourself you wish. As long as everyone involved is a consenting adult, then no harm, no foul. The blame doesn’t and should never fall on anyone who has their system hacked and their personal information of any kind thrown out into public.
But I’m also going to tell you this: if you choose to use any form of internet connected device for storing anything, no one will protect you. Your ISP won’t protect you. You cell phone provider won’t protect you. Apple won’t protect you. Google won’t protect you. Law enforcement won’t protect you; at best, there may be a prosecution down the line (if you’re rich and famous enough), but by then the damage will be done.
Again: this is not their fault. It’s not the fault of anyone who has this happen to them. It’s like seeing someone’s door kicked off its hinges and all their things taken, and instead of a condemnation of the robbers they’re told they should have gotten a stronger door. It shouldn’t happen, but … it does.
With this in mind, you should protect yourself, now and in the future. You have the right to take intimate photos, but both the service providers and the legal system can’t be depended upon to take necessary steps to prevent them from being taken from you.
How do you protect yourself?
Never put intimate photos on devices connected to the internet, and never store them on a cloud service. Never allow them out of your control. Never make copies. Never trust encryption or passwords.
A very cynical voice in my head also inclines me to say not to trust them in the possession of a significant other. Those relationships change in ways you can’t foresee. There are things of a non-intimate nature I wish I hadn’t trusted to an ex; I shudder to think what would have been done with explicit photos. But that’s entirely dependant on your relationship, and how you conduct it.
What was done to these women was wrong. Their expectation of privacy was entirely justified, and it’s not their fault that every safeguard and system let them down. I don’t tell you to protect yourself as a way of assigning blame to the victims. I do it as a way of assigning shame to the people who should have prevented this, but didn’t, and don’t, and won’t.
You have to protect yourself, because the companies and agencies that should aren’t in a rush to do their jobs.
i miss when i was like 12 and it would be the night before a big field trip or something and i couldnt go to sleep because i was so excited. i miss being so into a book that i would stay up past my bed time reading it. everything seems so bland or something idk. i’m only 19 and everything is so tiring. i miss wanting to be awake
this is the realist shit on this website
making your friend watch a horrible movie that you have already seen