French police recently warned parents not to post pictures of their children on Facebook, saying that the images could serve to attract sexual predators or cause the children problems down the road in adulthood. In fact, one French expert even thinks that children could one day sue their parents over unwanted Facebook pics.
French Internet law expert Éric Delcroix told newspaper Le Figaro that, under French privacy law, anyone convicted of publishing or distributing pictures of someone without their consent could face a hefty fine—or even jail time.
“In a few years, children could easily take their parents to court for publishing photos of them when they were younger,” he said. “Children at certain stages do not wish to be photographed or still less for those photos to be made public.”
Delcroix went on to note that while many people tisk-tisk the online behavior of teenagers, parents too can post recklessly. Another expert who was interviewed echoed Delcroix’s point, warning that, under French law, “parents are responsible for protecting the image of their children.”
While France has much stricter privacy laws than we have here in the United States, the point that the French authorities raise is still valid. Even with strict settings, it may not be a good idea to upload pictures of your kids to Facebook. Once an image is online, there’s no telling what could happen to it.