Re: Why am I not surprised by this?
"There will always be people with access to this stuff that will not mind taking a private copy. The only solution is not to give them access."
That, sir, is shite. The second part, not the first. I agree with the first because nothing is ever done to stop the evil, thieving abusers. Many people think nothing *can* be done. That, too, is shite.
*I* would *Never* have copied a customer's images for my own prurient masturbatory pleasures no matter how erotic they were. Nor would I ever have permitted colleagues to do so had I ever worked with anyone so crass and stupid. I would have shopped the colleague to the management, to HQ management and to the customers.
The solution is not stopping access, as this is impossible, the solution is only hiring honest folk who don't steal from the customers.
Why is it impossible to stop access? Because the machinery that prints images must be tended at some point by humans. Even if it is completely automatic and the people in the shops never see the images repairmen could. There is always a human somewhere in the loop. That human could corrupt the system.
This is a problem of a total lack of self-control. A childish "me want, me take" culture that pervades all of our law enforcement, law-making and priestly classes, among many others. They see that they have the opportunity to steal, rape, molest, peculate on massive scales and otherwise indulge themselves (TV presenters putting hands up skirts because they *can*, MP's buying porn DVDs on expenses because "everyone else is doing it") so they imagine that they have the gods-given *right* to do what they wish.
Any decent, honourable human being with a trace of civilisation knows that this is wrong and can resist the impulse to steal, molest and abuse their authority in any way.
So all we need to do is find and jail all of the *in*--decent ones, hire decent ones and all will be milk and honey and fluffy unicorns.
One thing that could improve life a lot: whistle-blowers should be *beloved* by their colleagues. Tattle-tales should be praised in the media, given promotions and bonuses and honoured by the Queen in her birthday lists. Handing over a corrupt or evil colleague or superior to The Law should be seen as the highest calling of an honest person. Only the corrupt would disagree with any of that. Only those with something to hide would reject it.
Hmmm, that sounds familiar ...