This got self thinking about putting photos of our friends and family on our blogs.
Many people don’t give two tosses of what their loved ones might feel about posting photos of them on their blogs, simply because most of their loved ones don’t have a problem with that. It’s really no big deal for some people.
And yet, for self, am rather pissed off when someone posted photos of self on her blog without her notifying self at the very least. Her response when have left a sulky comment in that post was that self ought to have expected the photo to appear in her blog seeing as she’s well-known for her blog.
When had agreed to take a photo with her, it did not occur to self that she would plaster self’s face on her blog, and neither did she bother to ask or inform self about her plan to do so. It wasn’t so much about the lack of privacy by having the photo published in her blog that makes self mad than the fact that she knew am a naturally camera-shy person and would definitely have appreciated being asked permission for self’s face to appear on her blog. In this way, she has not respected self’s right at all as the owner of self’s face in the picture!
Can that be said the same for us when we put photos of our loved ones in our blogs? Do we own our faces in that sense? After all, we don’t exactly truly own our comments when we make comments in people’s blogs, do we?
Am thinking of posting pictures of some kids on self’s blog (have actually done so before in a post in archives, but this thought did not occur to self at all then), but according to atthe404 in the WordPress.com forum thread,
My issue is that there can – in the worst case – be hazards attached to publishing photographs of children on the net. Worse IMHO – is that a child is not in a position to consent or prohibit such exposure. The fact that it is the child’s parent using the avatar (allegedly) scarcely ameliorates the concern. In the UK there are very strict laws about this kind of thing.
So, is it okay to post photos of loved ones without their permission?
Edit: Okay, said friend has removed photo. So… sulz loves her friend back. 😛