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Colum Kenny: Image is everything once it's in the public domain

You may come to regret being snap happy, so think twice before you click, writes Colum Kenny

Published 02/10/2011 | 05:00

AN IRISH woman last week tried to stop a website displaying intimate photos of her taken during a former relationship.

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This raises the question, who owns photographs taken of you? And have you no right to control their use? Last week's developments underline the problem of privacy on the internet, and the proliferation of photographs in daily life. With cheap digital cameras and mobile phones, it is more common than ever before to snap those moments that you never intended to preserve for posterity.

Young people looking for jobs may suddenly fear that old pictures of craic may come to be seen by potential employers. Or lovers who break up may realise in the cold light of day that what seemed at the time like a celebration of intimacy can quickly become the embarrassing reminder of a mistake.

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