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What do I do if someone shares photos of me?

What should I do if someone shares photos of me without asking? We asked Frantzeska Papadopoulou, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University.

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  • What should I do if someone shares photos of me without my permission?

Copyright law may conflict with other legislation in that case.

The principle of copyright law is that the person who took the photo has the right to copy it, make it publicly available, etc.

  • But what about the person in the photo?

Sharing photos of other people without their permission may be in breach of the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR Länk till annan webbplats..

The GDPR protects your privacy, i.e. the things that are private to you, and a photo can actually count as personal data. So if someone publishes photos of you without permission, they might be guilty of distributing personal data.

  • Photos of children have extra protection.

The GDPR is applicable if you share an photo on social media, for example, but not if the photo is used privately.

When it comes to publishing photos online, interests need to be balanced against one another to decide whether the photos can be posted. One person’s interest in publishing the photo has to be weighed against another person’s interest in not having their photo posted online.

Photos of children can be considered to have extra protection, which usually means the photo shouldn’t be published.

  • Taking photos may be offensive

In some cases, taking photos may be offensive.

Offensive photography is described in the Criminal Code, Länk till annan webbplats. chapter 4 (6a) Länk till annan webbplats. as when someone without permission or secretly takes a photo of someone indoors at home or in a toilet, in a changing room, or something like that.

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