The Apple store in the Westfield Mall in Carindale, Brisbane was rocked with scandal when four male Apple store employees in the Australian store location were recently fired over allegedly stealing nude photographs from customer phones.
The photos were shared among other Apple store employees in the area. "One person would take a photo and add it to the chat and others would give the person or their butt or their boobs a rating out of 10 and they would add their own side commentary," said one Apple store employee.
In other words, not only did customers have their sensitive photos stolen, they were then ranked by the employees who stole them on a scale from one to ten. Because apparently just having their private photos viewed wasn't bad enough?
Apple brought in an overseas H.R. representative to manage the scandal. However, one anonymous Apple employee says the store is not the same. "Everyone feels uncomfortable and the female staff don’t know how to feel because the leadership won’t tell staff who is involved," says the employee.
But Apple is all over it like white on rice and is investigating the matter.
"Apple believe[s] in treating everyone equally and with respect and we do not tolerate behaviour that goes against our values."
"We are investigating a violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings,"says a statement from Apple.
Apple says that the investigation has not shown any evidence that customer data was stolen from the Carindale store.
"Based on our investigation thus far, we have seen no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees. We have met with our store team to let them know about the investigation and inform them about the steps Apple is taking to protect their privacy," says the same statement from Apple.
The incident in Australia is disturbing, however it is a good reminder that employees can see the information on your devices when you take them in for repair. “Sometimes you have to transfer people’s photos and all the pictures show up on the screen as you do it. I’ve seen whatever you can imagine," says one Apple employee.