Teen Suing Her Parents for Posting Childhood Photos on Facebook

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Posting embarrassing photos of people on Facebook without their consent is definitely not uncommon. But what about photos of children shared by their parents?

According to reports, an 18-year-old from Carinthia, Austria, is suing her parents for the past seven years of posting embarrassing and revealing photos of her on Facebook without her permission.

As reported by The Local, the anonymous young woman’s lawyer Michael Rami claims that her parents have non-consensually shared about 500 images of her on Facebook, doing everything from getting her diaper changed to potty training.

Rami explains that if he can prove that the photos have “violated her rights to a personal life,” she could win the case.

23 March 2015 – Istanbul, TURKEY: Facebook user login screen. The number of active mobile users Facebook has reached 1 billion people (endermasali / Shutterstock.com)

The young woman told The Local, “They knew no shame and no limit – and didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot – every stage was photographed and then made public.”

Her parents denied her offer to simply take the photos down. Her dad argues that since he took the photos, he owns them and has the right to share them on Facebook.

“I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents,” she said.

We do not know the outcome of the case but, this is a reminder that laws governing social media are always changing and evolving. So think twice before you start sharing photos of your 2 year old daughter because she might sue you in a few years.

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