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Apple pays students $5m for accidentally posting nudes on Facebook

American tech giant Apple inc. has paid a sum of $5m as penalty to a student after their iPhone service centre accidentally posted explicit photos and videos from her phone to Facebook.

The privacy violation took place in 2016 when a university student in Oregon sent her phone to Apple for repairs and two repair technicians at one of the company’s repair facilities in California run by Pegatron have been held responsible, The Telegraph reports.

As the phone was being fixed, two technicians posted 10 photos of the student “in various stages of undress and a sex video” found within the phone onto her Facebook account.

The post on Facebook was made in a way that suggested that she uploaded the content herself.

The images were removed after the student was informed of the post by her friends.

In legal filings spotted by The Telegraph, the exact amount of the settlement was not disclosed. However, it has been described as a “multimillion-dollar” sum, as the lawyers for the individual demanded $5m in settlements.

The settlement was agreed upon, with the sum being compensation for ‘severe emotional distress to the individual resulting from the incident.

As part of the settlement, a confidentiality provision was also agreed upon, preventing the individual from discussing the case or revealing the payout amount.

What is known is that the two employees have been fired after an exhaustive investigation by Apple, which has also been reimbursed for the settlement by Pegatron.

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