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Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU Commissioner-designates. German Commissioner Oettinger has been chosen to join Juncker's team in charged of the portfolio on Digital Economy and Society and there lies the problem.

Oettinger described the leaks of nude selfies of various celebs as “semi-serious” and then went on: “If someone is dumb enough to as a celebrity take a nude photo of themselves and put it online, they surely can’t expect us to protect them. I mean, stupidity is something you cannot – or only partly – save people from.”

MEP Julia Reda was far from impressed with his comments, describing them as typical “victim-shaming”.

This is of course what seems to be catching the celebs out. Many Celebs seem compelled to take naked selfies believing that their phone is private. It is quite common for poular phones such as iPhones to automatically back up to the cloud. Apple Safe vault.

Famous women and their sexuality

 “The most likely sources of the photos were cloud-based phone backups. The women might not even have been aware of the backups’ existence, since they are created automatically in the background on many phones,” said Reda.

“Privacy protection isn’t for (1) famous (2) women and (3) their sexuality? If you manage to look beyond the tabloid celebrity/sex angle, the statement is unbelievable: The person applying to be in charge of shoring up trust in the internet so that Europeans do more business online just victim-blamed people whose personal data was accessed and spread without authorisation,” she continued.

“Celebrities are not 'fair game' who have given up their human rights just because they are in the spotlight. These rights apply to everyone and everyone should absolutely be able to expect an environment in which they are as protected as possible. That expectation is neither dumb nor stupid,” added Reda.

With so-called “revenge porn sites” damaging the lives of many non-famous women in Europe, and women disproportionately affected by online harassment, the reports of children as young as 11 years old posting images of them selves.

Online audiences are already familiar with the former Energy Commissioner, notorious for his poor English, though many videos circulating online are now more than four years old.

During the three-hour hearing before the European Parliament Monday evening, Oettinger only spoke in German.

The 60-year-old received questions primarily in his native German, due to the high number of German and Austrian MEPs in attendance.

In reference to Oettinger's language skills, Martin Sonneborn, former editor-in-chief for the satirical magazineTitanic, and MEP for The Party, asked if the Commissioner would answer his question in English.

Sonneborn asked whether Oettinger would promote the "right to be forgotten" on online during his term as Digital Commissioner. How would Oettinger, Sonneborn wanted to know, erase evidence that the nominee had been forced to give up his driver's licence with a BAC of 1.4 per mille, for example?