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Quote of the Day - Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. - Ayn Rand
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Now Wait, Where Did I Put That Cell Phone?

Lots of people lose cell phones, and lots of those cell phones have cameras.  Some of those cell phones with cameras even have photos saved on them, surprisingly enough.  When those cell phones get lost, some end up in the hands of employees, say employees at a restaurant.

Let's say, for example, that one of those lost cell phones had some photographs of your wife.  Nude photos, in fact.  And the last place you can remember where you had your phone was right after that Big Mac and fries. 

The next thing you know, your wife is a bit upset. 

Over the fact that those nude photos you had on your cell phone are now on an Internet website, supposedly frequented by "perverts and pedophiles," according to this Complaint

Let's get to the newspaper questions:  When Phillip Sherman of Arkansas lost his cell phone at a McDonald's on his way home, the manager of the fast-food restaurant called his wife Tina to let her know that he had found the phone, would turn it off and set it aside for safekeeping.  Tina promised her husband would drop by the next day and pick it up.

Then, mysteriously, Tina received a cryptic text message with the address of a website and perhaps some suggestive comments.  She went to the website, and there she was in all her glory. 

Neither she nor Phillip were none too pleased.  (Do you think that's too many negatives in one sentence?) In any event, the next step - as you might have guessed - was to the lawyer's office, who promptly filed a $3 million lawsuit against McDonald's for negligent failure to "protect and secure" the cell phone, in what some have claimed to be the first such lawsuit over a cell phone.

What is your privacy worth?

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 10:26 Comments (1)


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Comments by JT from United States on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 08:58 - IP Logged
Part of the challenge might be proving it was the McDonald''s employees who put the photos online, not someone who picked up the phone, took the pictures and then returned the phone.


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