Posting Baby Photos Could Land Some Parents Behind Bars
He drives you crazy sometimes with all the crying and the lack of sleep, but most of the time, baby is pretty darn cute. So when he’s wrapped up after a bath or running around in his diaper, you can’t help but let your Facebook friends know. But when does your proud mom moment become TMI?
French authorities are warning parents to be careful what they share on social media. Violation of France’s strict privacy laws, which prohibit internet users from publicising intimate details of the private lives of others (including their children), could result in fines of up to $50,000 and a year in prison.
“In a few years, children could easily take their parents to court for publishing photos of them when they were younger,” Eric Delcroix, an expert on internet law and ethics, tells The Telegraph. A University of Michigan study offers reason for this claim to be taken seriously; kids between the ages of 10 and 17 report feeling “really concerned” about the ways parents share their kids’ lives online. (Our question: Will Otis Sudeikis feel this way thanks to Oliva Wilde’s controversial ‘Naked Cowboy’ Instagram?)
Social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family that don’t always get to witness those milestone moments, and the law isn’t encouraging parents not to share them, but rather to be careful of how widely they’re publicized. A Nominet study found that 17 percent of parents have never checked their privacy settings, posing an important question: Who’s seeing all your photos?
Barriers do exist within social platforms to prevent the wrong type of content from being shared. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram each have reporting functions that allow users to flag photos that they feel are inappropriate. But until baby is older and inevitably spending her time on Facebook, she can’t ask you to take down that embarrassing photo you shared of her. In the meantime, check your privacy settings, and do your best to enjoy those milestones, even if the rest of the world doesn’t see them.
H/T The Guardian