“It makes sense that an 18-year-old woman in Carinthia, Austria is actually suing her parents to get such photos taken down. “They knew no shame and no limit,” she told The Local, a local English paper. “They 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.” – The Next Web
We have arrived at the era where those children born during the rise of the Internet and social networks have now have become adults. The problem is that this situation is utterly unprecedented in the history of mankind, and has only now become an issue, so there is absolutely no “best practice” for dealing with its effects on privacy.
Everyone remembers the embarrassing feeling of their parents showing baby pictures to close friends. Right now the problem is that those pictures are accessible to hundreds, if not thousands, of people, who definitely do not fall into the category of close friend.
But the issue has its legal and moral perspectives, making it not so easy to judge. At what point in time or age does a childhood picture belong to the parents for purposes of publishing, and when are these “rights” transferred to the child? This is not simply a legal issue, the human component is a key problem, since it is not reasonable to forbid parents to show the pictures, nor should we expect an adult to let their most intimate pictures be publicly available. A person’s secrets and the right to decide about them should remain with the owner of those secrets. Judges will decide, but I would not be surprised if this issue launched an avalanche of lawsuits and debates regarding the privacy of kids.