Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook pictures beneath GDPR

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A girl should delete images of her grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest with out their mother and father’ permission, a court docket within the Netherlands has dominated.

It ended up in court docket after a falling-out between the lady and her daughter.

The choose dominated the matter was throughout the scope of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

One knowledgeable stated the ruling mirrored the “position that the European Court has taken over many years”.

The case went to court docket after the lady refused to delete images of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.

The mom of the youngsters had requested a number of instances for the photographs to be deleted.

The GDPR doesn’t apply to the “purely personal” or “household” processing of information.

However, that exemption didn’t apply as a result of posting images on social media made them accessible to a wider viewers, the ruling stated.

“With Facebook, it cannot be ruled out that placed photos may be distributed and may end up in the hands of third parties,” it stated.

The lady should take away the pictures or pay a nice of €50 (£45) for on daily basis that she fails to adjust to the order, as much as a most nice of €1,000.

If she posts extra pictures of the youngsters sooner or later, she might be fined an additional €50 a day.

“I think the ruling will surprise a lot of people who probably don’t think too much before they tweet or post photos,” stated Neil Brown, a expertise lawyer at Decoded Legal.

“Irrespective of the legal position, would it be reasonable for the people who’ve posted those photos to think, ‘Well, he or she doesn’t want them out there anymore’?”

“Actually, the reasonable thing – the human thing to do – is to go and take them down.”