Invasion of PrivacyI often feel uneasy when I have to take my old phone into my cell phone service provider's store to either get it fixed or for the usual trade in. Even though I don't have many exciting things to hide in my cell phone, I can't help but wonder if the employees working there will go through my texts or even my private photos and videos when I leave the store.  I try to convince myself that they don't.  Unfortunately, I may be wrong.

Los Angeles Woman Accuses Sprint Employee of Posting Her Private Cell Phone Photos on Facebook:

A Los Angeles woman identified as J. Johnson is accusing a Sprint Corp. employee of posting her private cell phone photos onto her Facebook page.  In April of 2013, Johnson apparently went into the Sprint store on Melrose Avenue to trade in her HTC Evo telephone.  Her HTC allegedly had more than 5,000 photos in them among which were two photographs of her engaged in sex.  Although a Sprint worker assured her that her phone's contents would be erased, the photos somehow managed to make it on her Facebook page about a month later.  According to a source, Johnson is suing Sprint Corp., contending that "one of its workers browsed through her trade-in phone, found photographs of her engaged in sex and posted them on her Facebook page."

Johnson found out about the publication of the compromising pictures when a friend told her they were on her public on her Facebook news feed. The pictures showed Johnson and a man naked and showed both of their faces. By the time she found out there were already comments on the pictures and one person even said he was going to download them. Johnson demands damages for "invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and identity theft." The male shown in the pictures, D. Green, has also started legal action against Sprint.

Invasion Of Privacy

Individuals have a right to privacy in the United States and this right is protected by the law. Specifically, a person cannot publicly disclose private facts about someone else, appropriate a someone's identity for some sort of benefit, place another person in a false light in the public eye, or unreasonably intrude upon another's seclusion or solitude.

Invasion of privacy is a serious matter that should be dealt with immediately. Click to speak to an Invasion of privacy lawyer today.

Lesson of the day: Be careful when you trade in your old cell phone. Take the time to personally erase the contents of the phone instead of trusting someone else to do it for you.  It's better to be safe than sorry!