Teen sues parents for posting embarrassing childhood photos to Facebook
“They didn't care if I was sitting on the toilet or lying naked in the cot, every moment was photographed and made public.”
It’s rare to find a teen who hasn’t been embarrassed by their parents — but an 18-year-old in Austria has found a way to sue them over it.
The woman, who has remained anonymous, claims that since 2009 her parents had posted embarrassing childhood pictures of her to Facebook, making her life miserable, according to The Local.
Those images were reportedly posted without her consent and include diaper changing and potty training.
“They knew no shame and no limits,” she told Austria’s Heute newspaper, The Telegraph reported. “They didn't care if I was sitting on the toilet or lying naked in the cot, every moment was photographed and made public.”
Those photos, reportedly shared with her parents’ 700 friends, include more than 500 images. The teen said she has asked her parents to delete them numerous times, but they have refused.
Now she is suing them, and, according to a legal expert cited by The Local, she has a chance of winning her case. Even though the case is the first of its kind in Austria, where social media privacy laws are less strict than some other European countries, based on similar cases in other nations, she could still win.
In France for example, according to The Telegraph, a person who posts a photograph of anyone without their consent can face a fine of up to €45,000 ($50,000).
The girl’s father claims that he has a right to keep the photos up since he took them. His daughter is seeking not only a court order for him to take the images down, but also compensation for her suffering.