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Surgeon Posted Nude Photos, Woman Says

PITTSBURGH (CN) - A woman claims her plastic surgeon posted nude photos of her on Facebook without her consent. She claims Dr. Dennis Hurwitz and the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery posted Before and After photos of her from her neck to her knees, along with her name, allowing anyone who looked at the photos "to be able to immediately ascertain [her] identity."

The woman says she did not give Dr. Hurwitz or his surgery center permission to post the photos, and that they "were obligated to implement adequate practices and security measures to prevent their unauthorized distribution."

In her complaint in Allegheny County Court, the woman says she became aware that her nude photos had been posted on the Internet when an unknown person, identifying herself as Kate Jones, sent them to her and her Facebook friends in March 2009.

She says the photos were also posted onto Windows Live SkyDrive, a publicly accessible online file storage and sharing application. And she says SkyDrive has nude photos of 13 other women posted with her, in a folder attributed to Kate Jones. The photos "all appear to be taken at the Hurwitz Center," according to the complaint.

The plaintiff seeks punitive damages for invasion of privacy, unreasonable publicity, negligence, breach of confidentiality, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

She is represented by Matthew Doebler.

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