Thursday 25 April 2019

Teen sues parents over for ‘violating privacy’ with Facebook photos

The pictures appeared on the girl's parents' Facebook account
The pictures appeared on the girl's parents' Facebook account
Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

A young woman in Austrian has started legal proceedings against her parents to remove pictures of her as a child from Facebook.

It is the first case of its kind to come before the courts in Austria/

The teenager, who cannot be named under Austrian law, said the pictures were a violation of her privacy.

 “They knew no shame and no limits,” she told Austria’s Heute newspaper. “They didn't care if I was sitting on the toilet or lying naked in the cot, every moment was photographed and made public.”

The woman said she repeatedly asked her parents to remove the photos but they refused. So she decided to take legal action as soon as she turned 18, she told the Heute newspaper.

“I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents,” she said.

Her parents have shared the intimate pictures with around 700 friends on Facebook, she said.

The case is set to come to court in November and her lawyer, Michael Rami, said he believed she had a good chance of winning.

Mr Rami said he was seeking financial compensation for his client. He also wants the woman’s parents to take the pictures down.

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