The Photo Scandal

Many people don't think of the consequences of posting pictures online
Many people don’t think of the consequences of posting pictures online

UNITED STATES—Last week we talked about the issue with the selfie and celebrities. This week we talk about the issue of nude photos taken by celebrities. Over the weekend a slew of celebrities found themselves involved in a scandal where compromising photos of themselves were leaked over the Internet.

The idea of taking a photo and that photo not being ‘gone’ should be a sign to most people. It’s a complete invasion of privacy for the celebrity. My issue is to be the voice of reason and say stop taking compromising photos. Technology has become so advanced nowadays, just because you think you deleted something or because it’s no longer in your phone doesn’t mean its not.

This reminds me of the conversation concerning sex tapes. So many people do them claiming it was something done between me and my partner in the privacy of our home and we never expected it to get out. Really?! It’s a gamble to do it, all it takes is for a person to get their hands on that tape or your significant other to become angry and release the tape without your knowledge.

The same applies for the recent photo scandal. Stop taking nude picture; just don’t do it. If someone gets their hands on your phone or in this case a hacker decides to go into the cloud, you’re in major trouble. I don’t care if you and your flame sent the photos to each other to spice up the relationship.

There are ways to spice up the relationship without putting yourself in a position that can be damaging to your career or expose a side of you that you’d rather keep hidden from the public. Remember once something is on the Internet, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of it. No matter how hard you try to make it happen.

The discussion of privacy vs. no privacy has been in uproar with plenty of people. I’m all for the protection of privacy, but my concern is that when it comes to technology nothing is private. You have to be careful what you do with your phone. Its better to not do something, than to do something and later regret it; remember once something is in the ‘cloud’ as we all know, there is no way to take it away from the cloud.

The public can’t have access to something if I don’t give them the opportunity to have access to it. This is an issue of common sense. Anytime an individual does something that is controversial and it’s captured on film, video or photograph, there is always a chance that it can leak onto the public. I feel for the celebrities, but at the same time I think they should know better to not place themselves in a situation that they can’t control, when they had the opportunity to control it to begin with.

When it comes to cell phones, I might pay for the bill, but in no shape way or form do I suspect my personal security is always protected because its not. If it’s something I wouldn’t let my mother know about, then I shouldn’t be doing it.

By Trevor Roberts