Court orders grandma to delete her grandchildren’s photos from Facebook

May 22, 2020

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Court orders grandma to delete her grandchildren’s photos from Facebook

May 22, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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No this is not a satirical article – this really happened. A grandma from the Netherlands posted photos of her grandchildren to Facebook and Pinterest without their parents’ permission. After a fallout with her daughter about it, the whole thing ended up in court. The judge ruled that the matter falls under EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so they ordered the grandmother to take the photos down.

The BBC reports that grandma posted the photos to social media without asking parents for the permission. Her daughter reportedly asked her multiple times to take them down, but she refused. I guess that the daughter had it, so she took the case to court.

Now, the GDPR doesn’t apply to the “purely personal or household activity.” In other words, a family quarrel over Facebook photos shouldn’t be enough to have the court decide on their removal. However, in this case, the photos were available to a “wider audience,” the ruling said. This is why the court ordered the grandma to take them down.

For every day that she fails to comply with the order, the grandmother will have to pay a €50 (~$55) fine, up to a maximum fine of €1,000 (~$1,090). In addition, if she posts more photos of her grandchildren in the future, she will be fined an extra €50 a day.

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

“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,” Brown concluded, and I strongly agree with this statement. I guess this all could have been avoided and resolved outside of court, but at least that’s how I solve problems with my family. As for this grandma, I guess she’ll have to do it the oldschool way from now on: print her grandchildren’s photos and show them to her friends in person. Better safe than sorry.

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13 responses to “Court orders grandma to delete her grandchildren’s photos from Facebook”

  1. Craig Alexander Lamont Avatar
    Craig Alexander Lamont

    If the parent doesn’t want photos of their child posted online, then the grandma shouldn’t have posted them.

    1. Brenda Jamieson Avatar
      Brenda Jamieson

      Tough call! So many predators on fb you just can’t be to careful but granny is so proud and overwhelmed with love for her gran kiddies. Where can you compromise? Hard lines!

    2. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Brenda Jamieson Predators on Facebook? Hate to break it to you Brenda but if someone is going to assault your kids more than 90% of the time they’re already in your phonebook

    3. Amanda Vieira Avatar
      Amanda Vieira

      Craig Alexander Lamont specially if grandma has them public.

    4. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Craig Alexander Lamont From the family history in the article it seems they all do not get along and using any stick they can find to hit each other

    5. Brenda Jamieson Avatar
      Brenda Jamieson

      Robert Hicks some are in your home too!

    6. Brenda Jamieson Avatar
      Brenda Jamieson

      I personally send to the parents and it,s up to them to display or not!

  2. Freddy Avatar
    Freddy

    Good.

  3. Nolly Wood Avatar
    Nolly Wood

    Why does she want the pictures on Facebook anyway? Get her a private album. ??

  4. Ana Genes Avatar
    Ana Genes

    toxic grandma alert

  5. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    Thank goodness the United States still upholds the ideals of the Enlightenment and doesn’t have such nonsense laws. If grandma took the pictures, and she’s not using them for advertising, what’s the problem?

    1. cycleguy55 Avatar
      cycleguy55

      Really? You think grandma’s rights supersede those of children’s parents? What reasonable grandparent would not take them down when requested to do so by the parents?

  6. Steve Slate Avatar
    Steve Slate

    This just goes to show us that human beings are fickle. It’s sad that these children have to suffer for something someone else is doing out of spite.