Apple Store Employees Fired For Stealing Private Photos From iPhones Sent In For Repair

If it's possible, before bringing or sending your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to a service center (whether official or otherwise) for repair, make sure you remove all sensitive content or information stored in the device including photos, videos, passwords, and browsing data to protect yourself against theft and voyeurism.

Based on a story first published by Courier Mail (source), the Cupertino company has recently fired four male employees at an Apple Store located in Carindale Queensland, Australia for stealing sensitive images of female customers from iPhones sent in for repair.

What did they do with the photos, you ask? Well, all of them shared their individual collections along with stolen photos of their female co-workers - comprised of more than 100 shots - in a private chat and there, these lustful male employees ranked the hapless victims' physique and body parts from 1 to 10 depending on visual appeal.

After learning about this hideous activity from an innocent employee in that same store, Apple gave this statement, which appears to go against the company's decision to sack the workers in question:

"We are investigating a violation of Apple's business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.

Based on our investigation thus far, we have seen no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees. We have met with our store team to let them know about the investigation and inform them about the steps Apple is taking to protect their privacy.

Apple believes in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behaviour that goes against our values."

Given the size of Apple as a company and its existing measures to protect the privacy of its users, stories like this definitely pose a challenge to tech giants and even governments to come up with even stricter and more polished policies and more polished measures to prevent these incidents from happening.

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