Just about everybody reading this has probably had that gut-wrenching experience of having a smartphone tumble from their hands, and smack down *hard* against the floor.
If you’re lucky, your iPhone or Android isn’t completely busted, but you may have to get its cracked screen repaired.
So, what do you do?
Well, if you’re like one woman in Marin County, California, you drive down to your local RadioShack and ask them to fix the glass screen for you.
But you should be on your guard.
Because, according to media reports, 24-year-old Jose Robert Miranda, who until recently was employed by RadioShack, appeared in Marin County Superior Court on Monday morning, under suspicion of theft and copying computer data.
And what data is Miranda alleged to have pinched?
17 “extremely revealing, nude and nearly nude” pictures that the legitimate owner of the phone had taken of herself.
According to her attorney, Timothy Osborn, the woman had visited RadioShack to get her phone’s screen fixed on November 16th last year.
It was only on January 8th this year that she discovered the 17 compromising selfies had been sent via text message from her phone to a number she didn’t recognise.
According to Osborn, the text messages were sent while the phone was at RadioShack:
“Never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined that RadioShack would have done something like this,” Osborn said. “It was a simple repair, and it’s just totally outrageous.”
The woman is now suing Miranda and his former employer RadioShack for trespassing, concealment, negligence, appropriation of name and likeness, alongside other counts.
Miranda has not entered a plea, and is currently out on bail. RadioShack says it takes the accusations against its former worker seriously, and is working closely with the authorities.
Remember folks – when you hand your phone to someone to let them fix it, you’re putting your trust (as well as your smartphone) into their hands. If all you’ve asked them to do is mend a cracked screen, there’s no need for them to have access to your files.
If at all possible, ensure your phone is protected with at least strong pass phrase if you’re not able to remove any nudie selfies that you may have lurking within.