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Apple Investigates Employee-Led Photo Sharing Ring at Australian Apple Store


Apple Investigates Employee-Led Photo Sharing Ring at Australian Apple Store

Employees at Brisbane based Apple stores have been implicated in a scandal involving taking and sharing photos of female customers and staff —including ones allegedly stolen directly from customers' iPhones.


"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," Apple said in a statement. "We have seen no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees."


The fired workers are accused of taking and distributing over 100 explicit photos of female customers and staff.


"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," an Apple staffer from the Carindale Apple Store in Brisbane said on Wednesday. "Everyone feels uncomfortable and the female staff don't know how to feel because the leadership won't tell staff who is involved."


The photo-sharing ring is said to have first come to light at Apple Carindale in Brisbane, where one worker noticed a technician going through a customer's phone contents in the repair room. This reportedly resulted in four people being fired at the store, and "an overseas HR executive" flying in to control the situation.


Queensland police are requesting that members of the Apple Store staff, or customers who believe their privacy has been violated to file a report. No charges have been filed, as of yet.