A website exposing and selling personal information and personal items belonging to Paris Hilton, owned by Bardia Persa, has been ordered by a Federal judge to cease and desist from selling the items pending a hearing. The items were purchased by Bardia Persa for $10 million from Nabil and Nabila Haniss, who in turn had purchased them for a little over two thousand dollars.
The items that could be accessed on the pay-to-play subscription-only ParisExposed.com included Ms. Hilton’s health data, other personal information, and even her social security number.
Said Paris Hilton’s spokesperson of the Paris Exposed site, “I know what this has done personally and emotionally to Paris. As far as I’m concerned, this is the most disturbing intrusion upon the privacy of a public figure that I’ve ever witnessed.”
Said Hilton, “I’m mortified that someone would try to profit by exploiting personal details about me on the Internet, especially when it comes to my sexuality.”
This isn’t the first time that Ms. Hilton’s personal information has been plastered across the Internet. Almost exactly two years ago, Hilton’s Sidekick was hacked and her address book, phone numbers, and photos were posted across the ‘net.
But this time there is an added element. These weren’t items obtained by hacking, or even intercepted online. These were items stored in a storage locker which Hilton had rented to store her belongings after moving out of her house.
Somehow Nabil and Nabila Haniss purchased these items for $2,275.
I’m betting that they purchased the items legally at a storage locker auction. Storage locker auctions are not uncommon. Most storage locker companies include in their storage locker rental agreement a clause that says that if you fall far enough behind on your rental payment, your stuff in your locker becomes theirs, and they can do what they want with it. And what they usually want to do with it is auction it off – usually as a single lot.
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Nabil and Nabila Haniss are named as defendants in the Hilton lawsuit. However, if in fact they did purchase the items legitimately at a storage locker auction, then that in turn would make both them and Persa bonafide purchasers.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that they can legitimately sell personal information.
Whether Nabil and Nabila Hannis and Bardia Persa have broken any laws, and to what extent, remains to be seen.