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Austrian Teenager Sues Parents For Sharing Childhood Photographs On Facebook

'They knew no shame and no limit.'

15/09/2016 11:02

A teenager has sued her parents for posting ‘embarrassing and intimate’ baby photos of her on Facebook.  

The 18-year-old, who lives in Austria, is taking her parents to court as she claims they knew “no shame and no limit” in sharing over 500 photographs of her with their friends online. 

Emre Eldemir

Her lawyer Michael Rami, told The Local Austria newspaper, that since 2009 her parents have “made her life a misery” by posting pictures of her having her nappy changed and being potty trained.

Michael Rami quotes the claimant saying: “ 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.”

The woman has repeatedly asked for the images to be deleted but her parents have refused, she explained: “I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents.” 

The woman’s father claims that he has copyright on the images, and a right to distribute them, because he took them.

This case, which will be heard in November, is the first of it’s kind in Austria.

Rami says his client’s case rests on proving that her parents violated her right to a personal life and if she is successful, her parents may have to pay compensation and legal costs.

Austria isn’t the only country dealing with the consequences of social media over sharing, in March 2016 new laws were introduced in France to deal with similar situations. 

Anyone convicted of publishing images of another person without their consent can face up to a year in prison and a fine of €45,000.

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