If you are sick of your social media feeds being clogged with the smiling faces of other people’s babies and children, there is good news. Soon those kids will grow up and one day they may take vindictive revenge on their parents for all those unauthorized baby pics!
Since 2009 the parents in the Carinthia region of Austria have egregiously shared over 500 photos of their daughter. According to their daughter who did not appreciate having every little moment of her childhood broadcast to the world, these photographs were shared without her permission. So when she turned 18 she turned around and sued her own parents! It would have been great if she had taken a candid Instagram shot of the look on their face when they got the lawsuit notice.
Austrian town where the pics took place.
The unidentified girl says that her parents posted pictures of her as a baby during toilet training, having her diaper changed and in a number of embarrassing circumstances. She told local reporters,
“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. I'm tired of not being taken seriously by my parents.”
Not the girl in question, but can we agree that this is the life. Someone reads to you while you poop? I'm in.
Her lawyer Michael Rami thinks that the girl has a good chance of winning the case if he can prove the pics have violated her right to a personal life. Her parents have refused to delete the photos despite her repeated requests. Her father argues that he took the photos, so they are his and he should not have to take them down. If she wins the parents may have to pay their daughter compensation including her legal fees.
So parents, the next time you want to post that funny pic of your five-year old throwing a temper tantrum, just remember that in 13 years you may face an even bigger tantrum in court.
This could become a huge issue in the future. Should children be able to sue their parents when they turn 18 for stuff they posted on Facebook while they were kids?
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