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Gabrielle Union 4chan naked leak: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong.’ Or did she?

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Did Gabrielle Union do anything wrong by choosing to store sensitive images on iCloud?

Actress Gabrielle Union came out over the weekend to tell during a Cosmopolitan conference regarding 4chan naked leaked images of her that she didn’t do anything wrong and that hackers are criminals.

The statement came as female entertainers caught in the scandal have faced to varying degrees assaults on having taking naked photos of themselves which eventually landed on the web. Which raises the awkward question, to what degree are the females who came to be leaked culpable for the choices they made to take naked photos of themselves?

Told Gabrielle Union: We were taking a “family-moon” with the kids in Turks and Caicos—I’m on this island paradise with my family and I had hoped they had apprehended these criminals, but they hadn’t. In the moment, I froze. I was mortified, terrified. … I just didn’t know what to do. I felt I had given so much of myself, but I had saved a little bit for myself and for my husband, and they had taken that from me.

The actress maintains that neither she nor any of the other celebrity women targeted in the hack did anything wrong: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong—no matter what people describe to me, ‘It’s your fault, you’re stupid to take nude photos, that’s what happens when you’re a celebrity’—all this nonsense, … they’re criminals. What you do with your own body is your choice. Period. There’s no gray matter there. And when someone takes your choice away and your power away over your own body, it’s a crime. Period. A hacking scandal? We’re lessening it, making it more palatable for mass consumption, but it’s a crime.”

Whilst the actress is right to tell that she has every right to her body and how she chooses to display it and it should only be up to her if and when such images of her body end up on the web the issue still exists that as a responsible adult one ought to be aware that the web is redundant in those who would stoop to any means possible and abuse the rights that Union or any female would choose to exercise over her body. Which once again leads to the awkward question, with the knowledge that hackers are abound and that such images are indeed liable to be shared on the web by ill gotten means wasn’t the actress and other females taking chances in taking such images and storing them on iCloud?

Contemplated one reader on the web: In this day and age the average Joe or average Jane need to be very careful with their privacy. Especially when it comes to technology. When you’re a celebrity you have to be a million times more careful – almost paranoid – about that stuff. Taking private pictures is not the problem, is where you store them. Don’t trust the “cloud” – you want private stuff like that, save them on a separate hard drive that is not connected to the internet, and keep that secured. It’s just common sense. I’m not putting the blame on the people this happened to, I’m just saying we all need to be smart about what we want to keep private. These celebrities need to be 100 times smarter about it.

That said the actress did rightfully argue that tech companies ought to be doing more to address the situation of security breaches.

Singling out Google and Apple for criticism Union told: ‘We have to, as consumers, ask that our data be protected, and the companies we give our money to are equally as invested in our privacy as we are.’

Perhaps it was with this false knowledge or belief of protection that the actress and many females chose to store images of themselves on iCloud falsely believing that they would indeed be protected by the indiscretion of hackers…?

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