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Why You Should Think Twice About Posting Photos of Your Children on Facebook

You could face a hefty fine or jail time.

Why You Should Think Twice About Posting Photos of Your Children on Facebook
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Parents have plenty reason to be proud of their kids. And in the social media age, one of the easiest ways to show off your kids’ achievements is to log in to Facebook and post a quick photo or video of them with their soccer trophy or their latest haircut. But lawmakers in France are now looking to make this practice a thing of the past – and for good reason.

Essentially, the issue comes down to privacy. A law is currently in the works that would NOT allow someone to post a photo of someone else online without their permission. Children are considered, in the eyes of the law, incapable of providing this permission, so their parents would have no right to post said media.

The new law could include a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine equivalent to nearly $US50,000. The law was originally put into the works to protect women from ex-lovers who would post private photos of the women as retribution.

As a best practice when it comes to your kids’ pictures, you should make sure the sharing settings are set to “private” or “just friends”. A lot of the time, users’ profiles can be set to “public” without them knowing it. 

[Source: American Web Media]



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