Parents face jail for posting photos of their children on Facebook without permission

Little girl (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Police in France, have warned parents that they face fines or jail time if their children file charges against them for posting photos on Facebook without their consent.

Under the country’s strict privacy laws, parents could be ordered to pay a fine of up to 35,000 euros ($40,000) and be sentenced to up to a year in jail.

The children could sue their parents once they reach adulthood. Some children claim that their safety was put at risk after the photos of them were posted on Facebook.

Police said that numerous times, photos of little children ended up on websites used by pedophiles. Some photos could also cause shame to children, and that could be a legitimate reason to take parents to court.

Jay Parikh, who is the vice president of engineering at Facebook, said that the social network could develop a notification system to warn parents against publishing pictures of their children online.

Recently, the police in Germany, warned parents against publishing pictures of their children on the Internet, saying that pedophiles use the images on child porn websites and they could harm the children later in life.