Google may soon face the wrath of the celebs whose node photos were leaked online if there threat is anything to go by.
Through the attorney of the celebs, Martin Singer, the celebrities claim the search giant did not act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images.
The attorney at Lavely & Singer said Google’s conduct was despicable and reprehensible. His clients believe the company did not act “expeditiously and responsibly to remove” images stolen in a broad celebrity hack of Apple iCloud accounts.
The victims of the hack represented by Singer include actresses, over a dozen female celebrities, athletes and models.
“Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” the attorney wrote in a letter to Google’s top executives, including CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. “As a result of your blatantly unethical behavior, Google is exposed to significant liability and both compensatory and punitive damages that could well exceed $100 million.”
But Google responded by saying it had acted responsibly. “We have removed tens of thousands of pictures – within hours of the requests being made – and we have closed hundreds of accounts,” a Google spokesperson told CNET. “The Internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.”
Several photos have been removed by Google form Google+, Blogspot, YouTube, etc based on user policy breaches.
Singer said that Google’s act was “unconscionable, especially for a company that boasts that its conduct should be ‘measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.” But he lauded Twitter for “immediately removing the images and suspending the offending user accounts.”