Children Could Sue Parents Over Facebook Photos

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Posting photos of your children on Facebook could result in more than just notification. French authorities have warned parents that they could be fined or even face jail time for posting for publishing photos of their kids on social media without permission.

Parents could be fined up to €45,000 and a year in prison because of France’s strict privacy laws. It’s said that the embarrassment of these photos is reason enough for parents to be brought to court by their kids. There are also fears that their security could be put at risk by these shared photos.

“Your favourite picture of your child sitting on the potty for the first time may not be their favourite picture of themselves when they’re 13,” author and child psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair said.

Vice president of Facebook, Jay Parikh, said that the site could implement a notification system that would warn parents if they’re putting up a photo of their children without privacy settings. “If I was putting online a photo of my kids playing in the park, and I accidentally shared it with everyone, the system could say: ‘Hey, wait a minute, this is a picture of your children’,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

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