Teen sues parents over “Facebook expose”

GavelAn 18-year-old Austrian teen is suing her parents over the 500 childhood photos they’ve posted of her on Facebook without her consent.

The teen, who is unaware of the Streisand effect, said her parents “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.”

She went on, “I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents,” who, despite her requests, have refused to take the photos down.

The woman’s dad believes he’s in the right to post the pictures because he took them. But her lawyer is adamant that if he can prove the photos violated the woman’s right to privacy, her parents could be forced to pay damages and legal fees.

This would mean an end of the parental ritual of showing your new partner embarrassing pictures of when you were small on the first time they are invited around for a family Christmas day dinner.

If she were living in France she would have a strong case. The French have a law which means that anyone who publishes and distributes images without the subject’s consent can face a year in jail and a fine of up to €45,000. But privacy laws are less strict in Austria, and there’s little precedent for a case of this kind. The trial date is set for November, unless the parties involved can sort everything out.