Apple has fired several workers at a store in Brisbane, Australia, amid claims they shared pictures of coworkers and female customers and ranked their bodies.
Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, said that other pictures were stolen from customer telephones and heaps of pictures were taken without knowledge or permission.
Apple confirmed an inquiry and said “several” jobs had been terminated.
But it said its inquiry had so far not demonstrated that any pictures have been stolen.
No-one had been photographed without permission, the query had shown.
The photographs – including more than 100 close-up and intimate pictures based on the Courier Mail – were said to happen to be shared and the women’s bodies afterward rated.
The paper said the possible privacy breach came to light after a fellow worker noticed a store tech looking through the phone in the repair room of an individual.
One staff member told the newspaper they were concerned the same thing was occurring in other Australian Apple stores, including in Sydney.
Apple said the claims, if true, would represent a violation of the company’s business conduct policy.
“Apple believe in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behaviour that goes against our values,” it said in a statement.
“We have met with our store team to let them know about the investigation and inform them about the steps Apple is taking to protect their privacy.”
The Australian Privacy Commissioner is also looking into the alleged privacy breach.
“We are aware of the reports and will be making enquiries with Apple to seek further information,” said commissioner Timothy Pilgrim.
“This is an important reminder that all organisations that collect and manage personal information need to embed a culture of privacy and ensure employees understand their responsibilities.”