Woman sues parents for sharing embarrassing childhood photos without her consent

  • An 18-year-old woman from Carinthia is suing her parents after they posted photos of her on Facebook
  • The woman’s lawyer said that the woman’s parents have posted 500 images of her on the social media site without her consent
  • Among the pictures shared on Facebook were baby pictures of her having her nappy changed and later potty training pictures

CARINTHIA, Austria – A woman is suing her parents for posting her childhood photos on Facebook which she thought to be embarrassing.

An article by Nicola Oakley for Mirror Co UK said that the 18-year-old woman from Carinthia is suing her parents after they posted photos of her on Facebook which allegedly made her life a misery since 2009.

Michael Rami, the woman’s lawyer, says that to date, her parents have posted 500 images of her on the social media site without her consent. Rami believes that she has a good chance of winning in court.

Among the pictures shared on Facebook were baby pictures of her having her nappy changed and later potty training pictures.

“They 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,” the 18-year-old said.

The photos were shared on Facebook with her parents’ 700 friends. The woman allegedly requested her parents to delete the photos, but her plea was not taken seriously.

“I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents”, she said; adding that her father believes that since he took the photos he has the right to publish the images.

The Local mentioned in an article that Rami believed that if it can be proven that the images have violated her rights to a personal life, then her parents may lose the case.

The case is the first of its kind in Austria, but not the first in the world. Local media said it is based on a similar case abroad where the girl’s parents may have to pay some financial compensation and also be liable for her legal costs.

The case will be heard in November and if the parents lose the case, it will be big repercussions for Austrians who post countless images of their children on social media without their consent.

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