Leak leads to another lesson on Internet privacy

It seems that we, the generation of social media and technology, have been warned our entire lives about the effects of posting things on the Internet.

Parents and teachers are just a few who warn that everything put on the web is permanent.

Worse yet, we were told that a status update or a tweet could read in the wrong context could prevent us from being accepted to college or landing that dream job.

These warnings seem to generally be thrown to the sideline, especially with college-aged people having an invincible attitude toward life.

Any doubts that we need to be mindful of what we post and who we send pictures to were quickly erased when a massive hack into celebrity’s cloud-based storage led to the distribution of many private, naked photos Sunday.

Notable celebrities like actress Jennifer Lawrence, supermodel Kate Upton and Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney saw their privacy go by the wayside when cell phone images began to surface on image-hosting website 4Chan and the discussion board Reddit.

Most of the photos have since been taken down from multiple websites due to lawyer requests on behalf of their clients. The FBI has also joined in on the proceedings to try and identify the person or people behind the leaks.

In Maroney’s case, the now-18-year old claims that she was underage in the photos that were leaked of her.

While the cause of the leak is being traced to a faulty security system in Apple’s iCloud storage service, it is very apparent that as society shifts toward a technology-based lifestyle, we must be mindful of what we post, even if the evidence is deleted. With apps like Snapchat, the practice of sexting can almost be encouraged because the images are only available for a short time.

“Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this,” actress Mary Winstead, who was a part of the leak, said. “Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”

However, it is now apparent that the line between what is private online and what isn’t has become blurred.