A 18-year-old woman from Carinthia, Austria, is suing her parents for posting childhood photos of her on Facebook without her consent.
According to the woman, whose name has not been released to the public, her parents have been posting images of her on Facebook since 2009, sharing them with their 700 friends, reports The Local.
She said, "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 father claims that he, as the photographer, has the right to publish the photos, and has refused her requests to delete them. As a result, the case has ended up in court.
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Michael Rami, the woman’s lawyer, says that 500 pictures have been posted, and that his client can win the case if it is proven that the images have violated her rights to a personal life.
This is the first such case in Austria, he notes, but he says that similar cases in other countries have been decided in favor of plaintiffs, who have been awarded financial compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to compensation for legal fees.
Austrian privacy laws regarding social media are lax compared to other Europeans countries, he explained. In France, for example, publishing and distributing images of another person without their consent can result in up to a year in prison and a hefty fine.
The French law is based on the concern that posting such images of children could have a negative psychological effect on them, and even risk attracting sexual predators.
The Austrian case will be heard in November, reports the Daily Mail.