Apple has paid a multimillion-dollar settlement to an Oregon woman who sent her iPhone in for repair and had her private racy images and a sex video from the device posted online by repair technicians, a report said.
The workers put 10 photos of the 21-year-old “in various stages of undress” and the sex footage on the 21-year-old’s Facebook account in 2016, The Telegraph reported on Sunday.
The images were reportedly posted so it looked as if she shared them – and she only took them down after friends tipped her off they were onlne.
The full amount of the settlement wasn’t disclosed, but it was a “multimillion-dollar” amount, the Telegraph said, citing legal filings.
Lawyers for the woman, who wasn’t named, had been asking for $5 million, according to the publication. The settlement reportedly came with a confidentiality clause that blocks the victim from talking about the settlement or disclosing the amount.
The woman, a college student, had sent her phone for repairs and it ended up at a facility outside Sacramento operated by the company Pegatron, the report said.
Attorneys for the victim had reportedly threatened a lawsuit for invasion of privacy and warned of “negative media publicity.” Apple paid, but was reimbursed by Pegatron, which fired the two techs.
The situation was revealed in a lawsuit between Pegatron and its insurer, which was said to have refused to cover the cost of the settlement. Apple wasn’t named in the lawsuit and referred to only as “customer,” the report said.
During that legal battle, which was settled out of court, Apple had argued against making details of the settlement public because it could cause harm to its business, the Telegraph reported.
But the company confirmed the incident to the Telegraph.
“We take the privacy and security of our customers’ data extremely seriously and have a number of protocols in place to ensure data is protected throughout the repair process,” a company spokesperson said, according to the report.
“When we learned of this egregious violation of our policies at one of our vendors in 2016, we took immediate action and have since continued to strengthen our vendor protocols.”