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Court of Public Opinion: Leaked nude photos and the blame game

This week's CoPO asks: "Who is to blame when accounts are hacked and private photos are published?"

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The latest crop of hacked-and-leaked nude celebrity photos has reignited the discussion over the culture of victim-blaming.

On Sunday, news broke that a user of anonymous online message board 4chan posted nude photos of several celebrities, including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and model Kate Upton.

Winstead acknowledged on Twitter that the leaked photos of her had been deleted from her device, but restored by hackers. Apple has also confirmed that certain celebrity accounts had been deliberately targeted and hacked.

With that in mind, this week's CoPO asks: Who is to blame when accounts are hacked and private photos are published?

The victims? Unsurprisingly, the women themselves have been blamed for their present predicament, under the pretense of if you don't want nude photos of you leaked, don't take nude photos of yourselves.

Does this argument let the hackers off the hook?

Did any of these women deserve to have their accounts hacked and their private photos published?

Are the engineers to blame when their software fails to keep sensitive data private?

Does the gap between technology and the law allow hackers and thieves to thrive?

Do the privacy rights of the anonymous poster of the hacked photos trump the rights of those photographed?

Does the demand for nude celebrity photos say more about the hackers or society as a whole?

Vote in the poll of the right side of the page or leave your comments below in the Comments Section.

The Court is in session.

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(6) Comment

By John | SEPTEMBER 04, 2014 09:46 AM
Are we a "nation of noses pressed up against the glass", voyeurs, commenters and detached from if this happened to us? Most people engaged with other people would neither seek to view or talk about what thieves share.
By David | SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 07:38 PM
It's getting to where people are going to have to become increasingly comfortable with their personal lives moving into the public sector (see "Super Sad True Love Story" for a moving vision of this kind of future). Comparing it to real world crime is inappropriate, in my opinion, but when most experiences today are virtual, you can see how the comparisons get made. All in all, too much time in the world humans made and not enough time in the world nature made.
By toolbelt | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 05:43 PM
"Leaking" their photos has also been used to boost slumping popularity. And why else but to share, would you need naked pics of yourself? Cant they just look in the mirror for that?
By Alex | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 04:41 PM
All these women are victims. Stupid victims but nonetheless victims. Who throws nude photos in to the cloud???!!!
By Milo | SEPTEMBER 02, 2014 03:46 PM
The only thing these celebrities are guilty of is an incredibly large amount of naivete. My preteen daughter understood that "the internet is forever" before we ever considered getting her a cell phone. If these folks were as concerned about keeping these pictures "in the vault", so to speak, they could easily have afforded to make it so. I am no tech guru, but even I know enough about how to avoid this scenario, so it cannot be that hard to figure out.
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