Woman Sues T-Mobile after Employees Allegedly Snoop on Racy Private Video

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  1. Megalith

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    A woman in New Jersey is suing T-Mobile for sexual harassment and invasion of privacy after two male employees allegedly browsed her iPhone 7’s camera roll and viewed a “private naked video” of her without consent during the trade-in/upgrade process. She was tipped off by her AirPods, which were still connected and played a “distinct sound” that suggested someone was going through her photos and videos. While she may not deserve any blame, some say people should never leave anything on their phone they wouldn’t want others to see.

    N.E. was mortified and left the store immediately in tears. As a recent immigrant from the Middle East, she particularly didn't want her parents to know that she had filmed such an intimate video and, worse, had kept it on her phone where others could find it. "It didn't even bother them, as if I was nothing," she continued. "I felt worthless because, hello, I'm a human being and this is something that's very private. It's like I'm not important. I felt powerless, because I couldn't say anything about it in the moment."
     
  2. Zepher

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    I don't think those employees where going to tell her parents, but now the whole world knows now, lol.
     
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  3. techie81

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    Smells like a setup to me.
     
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  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    The problem is Tmobile is going to get hammered for this but they didnt do anything wrong. It was a couple "employees" who at worst get fired from a job at some kiosk or tmobile store and next week they get a job at an AT&T, Sprint or MetroPCS store or kiosk.

    Not saying the woman doesnt deserve anything but those guys should be facing criminal charges at the least
     
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    Wonder inf "N.E." is hot?
     
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  6. The Mad Atheist

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    Don't know why employees should feel they need to browse people's stuff, even tho it's a trade in.
    Hope her parents don't find out, heard some fam fams love 'honor killing'......
     
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  7. CAD4466HK

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    So this is how Hijab porn gets leaked....
     
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    A racy video of too much ankle.
     
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  9. joobjoob

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    Tmobile employees + lady who records naked phone videos then unlocks her phone and hands it to strangers = no sympathetic innocents
     
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    T-Mobile will need to do some groveling and pay her a hefty sum of money to settle. The employees will likely get criminal charges, good luck fighting that one. T-Mobile ain’t gonna help them there.

    No one should have to have their privacy violated even if it’s for a trade in where customers give consent to transfer files, it’s not view them.
     
  11. likeman

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    People Need to learn how to reset there phones

    Not sure what good the phone would of done them any way as if you don't remove find my iPhone the phone will be useless to them
     
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    I will never understand why people put private stuff like this on their phones/devices. There is always a chance portables will get lost, hacked or stolen. Maybe I am just too old school.
     
  13. steakman1971

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    Why wouldn't you wipe the phone before doing a trade in? I wouldn't want anything related to me on my phone. (If you find any nudes of me, I'm not paying for the scarring vision you just saw either)
     
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    Because it's a most in one device and easy to share and what not.

    Could probably not know. How many people have you known can't program a VCR?
     
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    HAHAHA,

    1- Shame on the men for looking at something private, they know they have a job where they are introduced into a potential for abuse and should never violate some ones privacy.

    2- Shame on her for being stupid, any idiot that makes a porno on their phone regardless of intent is just subject to Darwinism full well knowing and understanding security and the multitudes of ways this can find its way into others hands or on the internet through security breaches, she opened herself up to the abuse of the men, I'm all for women's rights, but stupidity isn't a right, clear and simple.

    It doesn't take money to have some class in this world, and people who have money should have more class than what they portray in the media. Having some form of ethics and morality in this world isn't exactly a hard thing it just requires the person to have some form of conviction on that front all these people are in the wrong including her.

    It doesn't matter whether her fiancé was the target of the media or not, she isn't married to him, yet, so I would charge her for solicitation of sex/making pornography without a license and whatever else can stick to the wall, because I can't charge her for being stupid, and the other 2 morons for violation of privacy, stalking, and whatever sticks to the wall.

    Case closed title of headline should be 2 wrongs don't make it right. Don't store porno on a phone without the expectation it can and will be compromised or viewed by others.
     
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  16. Wrecked Em

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    One the other hand though, if they would have found child porn, we would be calling them heroes.
     
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    Funny how that works.
     
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    I think that's probably right.
     
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    I honestly wonder if "I heard it on my airpods" is enough to prove in a court. She might be hard pressed to prove it.
     
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    Should be pretty easy to show file access after the time phone was given to T-mobile.
     
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    Well, actually, once she traded it in, the phone, including all it's content becomes the property of T-Mobile. Hence why it is recommended to wipe and reset your phones before handing over your phone. It's very possible that they where just testing to see if the phone worked, and just clicked on anything that was available to test it, with no thought of what it might be.
     
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    How many of these young kids even know what a VCR is? There's people on this forum that haven't seen the forever-flashing 12:00.
     
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    This is a Civil case where the burden is only >50%. How long the files were access and if they were copied and or distributed will make all the difference.
     
  24. The Mad Atheist

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    Could be worse, have many known/seen/used a rotary or digital pulse phone. lol
     
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    Why do you have so many 9's in your phone number?!?
     
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  26. RadCliffeX

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    A trader always verifies that an electronic device functions when trading.
     
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    Yeah, so he was just verifying that both video and audio worked.

    It was a good thing too - because the audio was screwed up and not working apparently.




    .... :D
     
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    They were just being courteous and deleting each photo one by one to make sure it was wiped, and the next item was a video. Hope they counter sue.
     
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    Just don't keep naked videos or pictures on your phone. It blows my mind how many people are willing to transmit nude media of themselves these days.
     
  30. SamuraiInBlack

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    If you aren't factory resetting your phone before handing it off to someone you know is going to have access to all your shit on it, you are at their mercy, period.
     
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  31. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    Does absolutely no one transfer stuff from one phone to another anymore? I'm guessing this is kind of why they had the phone in the first place, I mean she was still in the store for crying out loud while it was happening.
     
  32. Exavior

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    But she doesn't have the phone anymore so don't think that information exist anymore.

    Work for a rural telephone company, we have a few customers that still have rotary. I had to explain to a tech once why he wasn't able to use his test set to make a call and was hearing "odd tones"

    you two are missing a very important part here. She went to the store because she had a cracked screen, they offered to trade her up to a new phone and transfer everything. That is what they were doing when they supposedly viewed the content. So no she wouldn't have wiped the phone as she wanted her stuff on the new phone and they were doing the transfer.
     
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    Agreed. I always send my nude selfies via first class USPS.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. Since they can't see from any cameras if the guys watched the video or not it is all just speculation. She didn't even see them with the video open. Just claims she heard "a distinct sound" and ran over there taking the phone away from them immediately. By then they had closed whatever they had started to play and she went through her camera roll and "just knew" what video they had started to watch. There is no description of what the distinct sound was. Was it them opening and navigating the phone's menus and opening the camera roll or was it something from the video itself? If she heard something, ran over right away and they had already closed out the video did they really see anything assuming they did in fact open the video? Then there is the proof that anything happen and did they actually see anything. Given that this is a civil case and not a criminal case you don't need actual proof but just enough to show that company probably did do something so would a jury believe enough of the story to find T-Mobile guilty?
     
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    subpoena and if it was erased afterwards, its tampering. There is also forensic software to recover data that is not fully formatted.
     
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    Disappointed by lack of said video.
     
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    Geek Squad got in trouble for this kind of crap. A college girl wanted them to install some basic software and she feigned stupidity. She actually set up the PC to record the entire screen while they worked on it. They copied all her images and videos to their personal thumb drive and then moved some icons around pretending like they worked on something. Then she reported it to all the news agencies. You gotta be careful with people and your personal things.
     
  38. Mega6

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    Smart Girl.
    "Creep Squad" - LOL
     
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  39. Grimlaking

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    A cracked screen does not warrant someone going through your phone. You install an common app on both phones and let them sync to eachother without showing everything. Only once that is done do you take the original phone and wipe it of all data. THEN turn it over to the store. She was probably reasonably attractive so the clerks didn't want to do that and wanted to see what was on the phone.
     
  40. Exavior

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    That is assuming you have the knowledge and have both phones in hand. Otherwise if you are John Q Public you take the phone to the store, you have them install the app, transfer the files and wipe your phone for you.

    Yes, assuming that they went through her phone, that wasn't warranted by a cracked screen. However you also are assuming guilt and that the person here is being 100% truthful. My statement you are replying to is simply that she would not have wiped the phone herself or transferred the data first as she was expecting the store to do both of these. Although only after they talked her into a new phone vs fixing the screen on the old one. So she didn't even walk in with the expectation of getting a new phone but only the expectation of getting her current one fixed. That has nothing do with what the guys did or did not do, but is simply an explanation of why she handed them a phone in the first place.