2014 Celebrity Photo Hack. Why It’s On Us.

Guest Post by, Sarah Gentil, student

C GentilThe answer to stopping major privacy violations via leaked photos, whether it be hacking snap chat, iCloud or any other domain, is NOT “just stop taking nudes.” As our realm of privacy gets smaller and smaller, we as people need to realize one thing; we are all… human. WOAH.

We are humans. Humans have a fundamental right to privacy. While social media tries to convince us all that it is our business to know what any one person is doing any time we please, we need to take a step back and realize the hypocrisy of it all. I don’t want the public to know what I’m doing in and with every aspect of my life. But we sure as heck need to know what restaurant Kim Kardashian-West ate at today, what she ordered, who she was with, what she was wearing, etc.

The same can be said for the most recent celebrity iCloud hacks. It is a woman’s right to choose whom she is intimate with. It is a natural human act to have sex. We all, well most, do it at one point or another. Is it any of my business when/where/why/how you (the reader) are intimate with a spouse/partner/other? No, it’s not. It’s also not my job to give you rules on the act either. Why? Because it does not involve me. Sex is a private, consensual matter between you and your partner.

We, as a society, need to change our perceptions on our right to know vs. want to know bases. Caitlyn Dewey proposes the question why did this hack gain so much attention? Outlets like Playboy and other pornographic sites have consenting naked and sexual beings on display all the time and nobody really pays attention to it. To this magnitude, that is. Dewey explains,

So, the proposition remains, why do we as a society choose to take such interest and amazement in such horrific crimes? If we were to pay less attention to celebrity (and civilian) private lives and these type of exploits, and focus on more positive celebrity acts, such as charity work or other philanthropic missions, would hackers even bother to continue these viscous and corruptions? Could we live in a world where privacy is restored and this type of humiliation ceases to exist?

We will never know the answer unless we change. It is not any of our business what a consenting couple does with their intimate time just like it is not any of my business what your social security number is. These are private matters.


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