• Snowden:*leaks the scope and depth of the governments spying operation and flagrant violations of civil liberties*
  • Public:Who cares? If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear!
  • Donald Sterling:*has his private conversation leaked without his consent*
  • Public:OMG that white racist needs to lose his team! Racists have no right to privacy, and anyone that disagrees is a bigot!
  • JLaw, et al.:*nudes get leaked*
  • Public:This is an outrage! Where is their right to privacy!?! As always, men are to blame for perpetuating this kind of misogyny.

This now deleted tweet was made by one CM Punk. Why such anger and hostility, you ask?

Well, here’s a reason: Apparently, someone leaked out photos of himself and AJ from the night of their wedding. Out of respect for Punk & AJ’s privacy, I will not upload the pics myself, but just know they are out there if you want to search for them yourself.

Hey, look. I’m a big AJPunk mark as the next person, but this is taking it EXTREMELY too far. That’s his wife, their marriage, their magical moment, and most of all, their PRIVACY. If Punk or AJ ever wanted to publicly release photos from their wedding, that’s fine. But let THEM do it at THEIR own time.

Whoever leaked these has got to be someone that either knows Punk or knows someone close to Punk. Even still, you would think it would be better to get HIS permission first before blatantly posting such private photos of him and his wife without either one’s authorization all over the internet.

Now, Punk’s on a massive blocking spree, and it’s justifiable. If someone posted a picture of you and your spouse in an intimate setting all online, & WITHOUT your permission, you’d be pretty damned pissed off too.

A perfect example of why we can’t have nice things in any fandom whatsoever.

Imagine that someone broke into a girl’s house and took photos of her in the shower, then everyone said how if that girl didn’t want those pictures taken, she shouldn’t have been naked in the shower and she should’ve had better locks on the door.

That’s the logic behind saying “if Jennifer Lawrence didn’t want her naked pictures stolen, she shouldn’t have taken them and should’ve had better computer security”, rather than “it’s wrong to break the law and invade people’s privacy”.

There are a few different issues that a criminal act like this brings up, but before I get into them it’s necessary to make one thing clear: If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies. These images - which I have not seen and which I will not look for - are intimate, private moments belonging only to the people who appear in them and who they have invited to see them. To have those moments stolen and broadcast to the world is an egregious act of psychic violence which constitutes a form of assault.


The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting. That out of the way, let’s get a few other things straight.

Penny Penny

These people saying that the hacked women simply should not have had naked photos are buying into a mentality that begins its inculcation into many of us in childhood. A mentality that I’ll call “Share it With the Class.” This mentality operates as though once people become aware of a private thing that they’re curious about, their awareness of its existence means that it should belong to them too. At first, it sounds like this:

"Beth, if you’re going to invite one person to your party, you have to invite everybody."

"Matthew, I see you’ve given Jose a fruit snack; I hope you brought enough for the whole class, young man."

"Um, Amber? I hope you don’t mind that note being read aloud to everybody, young lady!"  

In adulthood, we are granted a tad more privacy from those around us since we have fewer people actively in control of our actions day-to-day and by actively I mean in-person-people monitoring what we say and do. But even in the workplace, where what we do with our hours is clocked and guided, there is still always an underlying layer of privacy that you don’t share with those who Want To Know.  Your boss doesn’t know that you text about weekend plans or deleted that email on purpose or took an undocumented break or bought some shoes online during work hours or read a book during work hours or played a pointless-but-engrossing game on your phone or posted to Facebook about how annoying your boss is. But even though this stuff is undeniably part of who we are and what we do, there is still an argument against the victims of any kind of unwanted exposure, unwelcome sharing of info, uninvited exploitation which implies that had the victim lived their lives in constant self-protection of the worst case-scenario, they would not have become a victim.

Don’t do ANYTHING you wouldn’t want EVERYBODY to know about and you’ll be safe from being revealed!

To this I have to say: Sure, actually! But also: COME ON.

We are all deliberately careful about some risk, but not all risk. Taking an intimate or private part of ourselves out of our brains and putting it somewhere else, anywhere else, carries with it the risk of exploitation, but in one case or another, we all choose to bring it out anyway and hope for the best; the best being: we will still be in control of where whatever-we-brought-out goes, and how it is used, and by whom.

Now, the fact that this isn’t, like, a hacker releasing all these women’s personal phone numbers is why there is condemnation. Taking NAKED SELFIES (coming to HBO, September 2019, probably) is not something that everybody has done and so the people condemning these women either

A: Do not take or share naked selfies 

or

B: Do not have a platform that fame or certain types of power provide

If this exploitation didn’t involve S E X, an element of human nature that is most intimately wrapped-up and tangled with “blame the victim” logic, would we be blaming the victim? Because everybody keeps personal information somewhere other than just in their heads, information that they wouldn’t want to give to All of the Public. Which means e v e r y b o d y is at risk of exploitation. These women who have been currently and infamously exploited are no more “at fault” for their own exploitation than you are if you have:

  • Passwords in the Notes app on your code-protected iPhone
  • Clicked “save password” on any website ever
  • Written private feelings in a journal or in a document on your computer
  • Kept a spare key in a hidden spot
  • Sent a text message that you wouldn’t want everyone to read
  • Not paid the extra $7 to “protect your tickets” on Ticketmaster
  • Used an Uber
  • Put your place on Airbnb

Now, of course the scale used to measure risk and possible consequence must be built to hold much more weight if a person is famous, but we act as though when Fame strikes a person, it brings with it specialized training courses on Privacy and Self-Protection, Risk Analysis, Wisdom Against Criminal Attack, The Danger and Denial of Urges, but it does not. These people are people. They are not super-human, but we must think that they are, because we freak the fuck out when we “find out” that they’re “just like us.” I don’t even want to talk about the “she carries groceries” section of People or Us Weekly or whichever swill-seller prints that section all the time. 

So then, in the face of this exploitation, which of us can cast the first stone? Not-a-one, I tell you. Not-a-one.

And I hate that this conversation has made me resort to biblical quotes, but it seems that it   HAS  COME  TO   THIS.

Remember the “three fingers pointing back” adage that the same teachers who probably tried to rob you of your privacy probably taught to you, because everyone is confused and less than perfect, and then knock it off, you guys. 

Violation it is, too, because whatever the medium of communication between lovers (whether it’s a telephone call, a text message or the sexual act itself), the conversation is private and to intrude upon it is sexual involvement that has occurred without consent, and it has the same resultant harms. That a mobile phone used to facilitate a lovers’ conversation can also be used as a means of mass communication is irrelevant, because mass communication was in no way agreed to by the lovers, who had every right to believe their security would not be compromised. Actors and other entertainers may certainly offer their image to public consumption as their professional practice, but what they are not trading is their intimacy.

There are suggestions that prosecution may result not only for the hacker of the photos, but for those who view and share them. Good. To excuse viewing the images just because they’re available is deplorable. It’s the equivalent of creepily hiding in a wardrobe because a conversation may be taking place you’d be interested, excited or turned on to overhear.

  • The Internet:Check it out, pics of nude celebrities hacked from the cloud.
  • The Internet:If they wanted privacy they shouldn't have put it on a computer or phone.
  • NSA:We're monitoring and logging all email and phone communications.
  • The Internet:What the fuck, we have a right to privacy!

"Victims of crime do not have an obligation to accept dual responsibility for that crime. Women who take nude photographs of themselves are not committing a criminal act, and they shouldn’t ‘expect’ to become victims to one(…)" - Clementine Ford

Powerful words about the crime, not “scandal,” involving Jennifer Lawrence and many other famous women whose computers were hacked and their private photographs stolen and posted all over the internet. 

I beg you, people, please:

Don’t go looking for photos. 

Don’t click on them.

Don’t reblog them.

Don’t send them to your friends.

They are not yours, you are not entitled to them, and your viewing pleasure and curiosity is NOT important enough to violate someone’s privacy and well-being. I’m sorry.

It doesn’t matter who it is. It doesn’t even matter that these women are well-known. This isn’t just about celebrities, it’s about any girl or woman who has taken a photograph (nude or otherwise) for themselves or sent to a select person, and had it plastered all over the planet for family, friends, employers, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers to see. 

It’s not ok, so don’t look for the photos.

Don’t be part of the problem. 

Read the rest of Clementine Ford’s article here: http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/this-is-why-you-shouldnt-click-on-the-naked-photos-of-jennifer-lawrence-20140901-3eo6s.html?rand=1409540229974

This iCloud leak is a molestation of property and privacy. These celebrities are VICTIMS. You do not blame victims. via /r/self


This iCloud leak is a molestation of property and privacy. These celebrities are VICTIMS. You do not blame victims.

Hi. I’m a 22 year old girl who has looked at every single leaked photo/video that has been revealed today, aka the Fappening… And despite my own usual daily desire to masturbate and my secret fetish for some girl on girl action, I did not once feel any desire to touch myself nor did I feel the slightest bit wet after clicking through all the albums.. Yes, even the JLaw ones (and let’s be real, I’d be the first to offer myself up as tribute if she were ever taking volunteers for some hot lesbian hnnnngger games style sex with her).

I looked at them because I was curious at how other female bodies compared to my own (and oh how I lack such bosomly curves). I do admit that I was fascinated because seeing such beauty does that to me, but it was fascination in the I-can’t-stop-watching-this-train-wreck kind of way. And train wrecks are not arousing. It was sad, scary, and made me worry about my own personal safety.

I’m basically around the same age as most of these celebs. They may be fantastically more rich and famous than me but we all grew up in the same era of technology and social media. So, I’ll be honest. Yes, I have (and still do) filmed and photographed some pretty X-rated stuff of myself. Some were teasing, some were supposed to be artistic, and some were just down right kinky. All, however, were meant for the eyes of my boyfriend alone.

The ironic part?

I actually have directly worked with the FBI’s Cyber National Security Computer Intrusion Squad to promote against participating in such risqué behavior.

But why do I still do it?

Well, because in that moment, I think my body is so devastatingly sexy that I’m proud enough to share it with someone I love and trust, who unfortunately cannot be there to celebrate with me in person. So I take photos/videos which gives me a happy and arousing thrill because I know my guy will eventually feel the same way once he opens up the files. Because of the distance and time difference, it won’t happen at the same time, but it will happen and that’s enough for me. Of course, I understand that not all relationships are forever because I’ve done this with three different boyfriends over the course of my life. My first two relationships ended badly enough that I suppose I should have been a bit more careful with my current BF, but we’re in a transatlantic relationship and it’s what gives spice to our separated days. But, hypothetically knocks on wood, IF I ever find myself on a revenge porn website - I’d go ballistic and probably kick the shit out of whichever douchebag ex released something so personal of me.. and I’ll KNOW which one did it based on content alone. But in the end - I’ll (unhappily) deal with the consequences because I had made that gamble. I believed that guy was trustworthy and I knowingly gave something personal of myself away. He shouldn’t have done something so disrespectful/immoral, but I took the chance, it was under my jurisdiction and in the end - I wouldn’t able to call myself a victim.

My point?

I can relate to these celebrities in exactly one way. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Jessica Brown Findley, Teresa Palmer - they all have a boyfriend. They’re actresses - they live busy lives. They can’t be with their beloved all the time so they probably took those naked selfie shots for the same reason I did for my guy. We get a kick of thinking we can give the men we love boners even from far away.

The big difference, however?

THEY ARE ACTUALLY VICTIMS. Every celebrity goes through Security 101 with their networks once their careers start shooting off. I know because I worked in a department that trained girls just like them. You don’t open your own mail, you put stickers on your webcams, enable thumbprint Touch ID on your iPhones, create complicated as hell passwords, and cache your computers. None of the celebrities leaked have ever shown themselves to be careless before. Hell, we all like JLaw because she’s clearly a clever one. Awkward, but clever. Those pictures and videos were probably meant for the eyes of their respective boyfriend alone - and those BFs didn’t sell them out to some skeezy tabloid like TMZ… No, some anonymous person or persons invaded their personal privacy and leaked everything to the whole damn internet.

If you’ve never experienced a home burglary before, it’s completely sickening and traumatizing. Here is your personal place that you thought you’ve kept well-protected and safe, but alas now someone has entered your sanctuary, taken all of your precious belongings, and left you with the taunting thought that no matter what precautions you take, you’re not safe. Now think back to all those celebrities you just fapped over in a frenzy. They may be rich and famous, but they are human beings who feel the same exact emotions as you and me. Their whole world was rendered defenseless all in one day in a global manner. Can these girls kick the shit out of the internet? No. They don’t even have a face to get mad at. Do you think these girls will ever be able to forget what happened to them? From now on, they’re just a Google search away from seeing a memory of a terrible theft that they couldn’t do any thing about. One does not simple take back every single photo that’s of you on the Internet. They’re going to have to live with this for the rest of their lives. Let’s talk about Becca Tobin’s leaked Christmas photo, which I’m going to take a bet was taken for her boyfriend as a sort of naughty “present.” Well, did you know Becca’s boyfriend recently died last month?… Yeah. Those two news stories will now pop up for her if she ever Googles her name. Have you ever wondered why rich and famous celebrities commit suicide? Pressure. Unlike your sister or your cousin who chose a passion like medicine or teaching that kept them out of them public’s eye, these girls’ passion of acting put them in front of the world. But just because they’re willing to be on TV doesn’t mean you have the right to invade their personal lives. It’s paradoxical, they’re actually suffering for their passion. They were ready to be actresses, not porn stars. I guess what sickens me the most is that there are people out there who are not only preying on these girls when they’re legitimately helpless, but also PRAYING for more theft, more pictures, more devastation.

Final thoughts

Does anyone really believe a hacker was able to individually pick out the x-rated files of all these A-list celebs amongst the MILLIONS of other people’s photos on the iCloud? Did anyone see Kate Upton’s album? If you haven’t it was filled with shots of countless of random girls in various states of undress. Who are they? How did that hacker have access to those photos as well and why would they be included? How many other pictures and videos of us “nobody girls” will be sold to porn sites or leaked on the internet. I’m pretty sure someone will inevitably say - “Well it was your own fault for taking those photos,” but it’s like laying blame to people who used credit cards during that big Target hack last year and had their bank accounts charged with crazy expenses. You do your best to protect yourself, but there’s apparently always someone out there who can find the crack security system that even the experts couldn’t see. But does that mean you should stop living your lives because nothing is truly safe? NO. You try to move on. You hope that justice will be served. You hope that real life karma happens.



Submitted September 01, 2014 at 12:31PM by la_pluie
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