An 18-year-old from Austria is suing her parents for allegedly posting hundreds of photos from her childhood on Facebook.
Now we all know that over-sharing images of your children can come off a tad bit cloying, and at its worst is somewhat of a social media faux pas, but sharing 500 photos is extreme by anyone’s standards.
That’s what the daughter alleges her parents did and, to top it all off, she claims the images are of a sensitive nature, including pictures of her having her nappy changed, and sitting on the potty, reports 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,” said the teen. “Every stage was photographed and then made public.”
The parents have allegedly been sharing the images with their 700 Facebook friends since 2009, with her father insisting it is their right to publish the images they took.
The teen, who is from the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, said that the sharing of the photos despite her repeated protests left her with no choice but to take legal action.
Michael Rami, a legal adviser cited as her lawyer by The Local, claimed the case is the first of its kind in the country. He added that if it can be proven that the images violated her right to a personal life than she has a good chance of winning the case against her parents. Referencing similar cases that took place abroad, Rami said that the outcome could result in the parents having to pay financial compensation for the suffering she met with as a result of their actions. The case will go to trial in November.
Parents keen on sharing every single moment of their child’s life online should heed this warning. Alas, you never know what your children may object to when they come of age. In fact, law enforcement agencies in France and Germany have previously issued public warnings regarding the legal consequences parents could face when publishing images of their children on the web.