Jennifer Lawrence Kate Upton leaked photos who’s really to blame
Apple (The indirect choice)
Apple makes their products geared towards ease of use for the user. They run their products on a very intuitive operating system (OSX) and handle much of the background processes that many computer illiterate people would find confusing on a PC. Those background processes include things such as data management and the recent addition of iCloud backups for certain devices. With that said, there is a certain implied responsibility of Apple to protect their users’ data, especially since the inclusion of the iCloud system.
While an implied responsibility may seem like reason to point a finger, Apple can most likely only be blamed from an ethical perspective rather than a legal perspective. There terms and conditions, you know those things you click accept for without reading, clearly state that they are not responsible for acts such as these. Take a look at the actual verbiage from their iCloud terms and conditions below.
APPLE DOES NOT REPRESENT OR GUARANTEE THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE FREE FROM LOSS, CORRUPTION, ATTACK, VIRUSES, INTERFERENCE, HACKING, OR OTHER SECURITY INTRUSION, AND APPLE DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY RELATING THERETO.
ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS ACCESSED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE, COMPUTER, OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. YOU FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE SERVICE IS NOT INTENDED OR SUITABLE FOR USE IN SITUATIONS OR ENVIRONMENTS WHERE THE FAILURE OR TIME DELAYS OF, OR ERRORS OR INACCURACIES IN, THE CONTENT, DATA OR INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE SERVICE COULD LEAD TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.
[Source: Apple iCloud Terms and Conditions]
Despite Apple’s arguably unethical behavior, they have covered themselves legally through terms and conditions that many of us have already accepted without reading through. Should Apple make it more apparent that your items are being backed up in the cloud? Sure they should, but if they made you aware of every security flaw, they probably wouldn’t hurt their customer base and sales.