Nude pictures, privacy and the digital era

I will put my hands up and admit when it comes to social media I have a tendency to overshare.

It’s the kind of person I am. I am a bit of an open book and sometimes that filter which stops me from stepping into ‘TMI’ territory goes on the blink.

The older I have got and the life experiences I have had lead me to find very little taboo - and indeed when it comes to some issues (depression or endometriosis awareness) I will purposely try and break taboos where I can.

But I do still have my limits - and no matter how open a person is, we are all entitled to those limits. We are all entitled to say “no” or “no comment” or “I would prefer not to” from time to time. We are all entitled to have elements of our persona which we are happy to share publicly and some which we keep to ourselves or those nearest and dearest to us.

Being an ‘open book’ most of the time doesn’t allow anyone to break those boundaries. And that’s just me, I’m talking about. When it comes to celebrities, the same should apply.

Being in the public eye does not give the public the right to have full and unabridged access to every aspect of your life.

The scandal this week of the hacked online accounts of celebrities - prompting a plethora of nudie pictures to be shared over the internet makes this discussion all the more relevant.

(For the record, I have never ever - you will be delighted to know - taken a nudie selfie, let alone let one float about in the ether of cyberspace. However if I looked like Jennifer Lawrence, I may feel differently about this).

The hackers who uncovered the pictures of 100 celebrities are of course to blame. But humans are naturally nosy creatures - so once news of the photos was ‘out there’ - there was no doubt a rush of people Googling furiously to find what was on offer.

Surely this makes every person looking at these pictures just a little bit guilty too?

The celebrities in question have not given their permission to have these pictures shared. They could, reasonably, expect them to have remained private. They may willingly pout and pose in movies and photos - but that is on their terms and not the terms of sneaky cowards hiding behind keyboards.

It’s a sad world when we have to think about everything we do in the supposed privacy of our homes but perhaps it’s best that we adopt that policy from now on.

And ease up the nudie selfies, celebrities, if you don’t mind.