Woman Must Delete Photos of Grandchildren on Facebook

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR

No this is not a satirical article - this really happened.

A Dutch court has ordered a woman to remove photos of her grandchildren from Facebook, after she posted the images without permission from the children's mother.

The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation - though normally not relevant in cases that don't apply to "purely personal" or "household" processing of data. After a fallout with her daughter about it, the whole thing ended up in court.

The same laws don't now exist in Australia, where privacy laws surrounding photos shared on social media can vary from state to state. Her daughter reportedly asked her multiple times to take them down, but she refused.

For the uninitiated, the GDPR gives people more complete control over their personal data (including photos), allowing you to request a copy of your data or have it erased in certain circumstances.

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The court found that the personal use exemption within the GDPR rules did not count in this case, as the images were posted to Facebook and Pinterest, where there was a chance they might reach a wider audience.

Europe's famously robust privacy laws have been used to make a grandmother take down pictures of her grandchildren from the internet. If she then goes back and posts any more photos of the children, she will be fined again-an extra €50 (~$55) per day, again up to €1,000 (~$1,095), until those new photos are taken down.

The grandmother will face fines if she doesn't delete the photos or posts others of the children.

"Irrespective of the legal position, would it be reasonable for the people who've posted those photos to think, 'Well, he or she doesn't want them out there anymore?'"

"Actually, the reasonable thing - the human thing to do - is to go and take them down", he added. I guess this all could have been avoided and resolved outside of court, but at least that's how I solve problems with my family. But I've told them they need to be careful when posting photos of their grandchildren. Better safe than sorry.

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