March 07, 2016

French police to parents: Stop posting pictures of their kids on Facebook -- or risk exposure to predators, lawsuits

StaffRebel Columnist

Police in France are taking 'protecting kids' to levels of insanity.

According to The Verge, parents were told images could jeopardize the privacy and security of their kids.

Authorities also cited social or psychological problems children could face later on in life.

French internet law expert Éric Delcroix claimed that parents could face future lawsuits from their children for violating their privacy.

As The Verge points out, under French law, anyone convicted of publishing and distributing images of another person without their consent can face up to one year in prison and a fine of €45,000.

France's national gendarmerie wrote on Facebook that “You can all be proud moms and dads to your magnificent children, but be careful.” The post continued, “We remind you that posting photos of your kids to Facebook is not without danger.”

What do you think? Is France taking things to the extreme?

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commented 2016-03-09 01:02:31 -0500
Children, in western countries, are under the “care and control” of their parents, giving parents the legal right to make such decisions. Whether it’s a good idea or not, will depend mostly on where one lives and other factors. I understand why some do it, as they’re using facebook as intended, to notify family splashed across the globe what’s going on on the home front.
commented 2016-03-08 10:10:36 -0500
Peter – My “Facebook should be banned” was a tongue in cheek comment.
commented 2016-03-08 09:54:37 -0500
Joe mentioned FaceBook should be banned, but banning any medium of speech would be the same as the left/socialists always want to do when they disagree with someone … ban that person from speaking.

What is necessary is for parents to teach their kids their limits when it comes to the Internet. So parents, if you do not know much about the Internet, hop on a computer and learn, learn, learn!
commented 2016-03-07 21:12:51 -0500
No one should put their kids on FB. You may disagree but there are a lot of people who see kids as prey. I read some very interesting articles about how some schools and even jobs will do a Social Media/Google search on applicants to see if they can find any dirt. Imagine your potential boss pulling up pics of you in the bathtub when you were 8? I imagine some employers and schools would distance themselves from embarrassing/inappropriate pictures. It could seriously hurt your child’s future. There are endless articles titled “Don’t post your children on Facebook.”
commented 2016-03-07 20:16:11 -0500
Is France starting to wake up? I doubt it but it appears that they want to protect the young people. On the surface it looks like a good idea but I have a queazy feeling that this is not for the sole protection of young people. I guess that I am too suspicious all the time. It is because the French are such slackers it is so out of character for them to do something that makes sense.
commented 2016-03-07 19:23:09 -0500
From safety point of view I think it’s definitely a good advice.
Social networks in general are something more dangerous than most people think. They make people share way to many personal information about themselves and their families. There are many ways this information can be used against them or their families.
commented 2016-03-07 19:09:26 -0500
You make a very good point.

We must not put temptation in the Muslims way.
commented 2016-03-07 18:28:52 -0500
I don’t think they want to protect the children. It looks like they are trying to think of reasons not to persecute the real predators in our midst.
commented 2016-03-07 18:09:37 -0500
France, a country of useful idiots, needs to dissolve and join Germany.
commented 2016-03-07 17:16:18 -0500
Banning Facebook would really hurt the people who are still living in the Stone Age (I’m referring to the Muslims who don’t really want to belong to the 21st century but will still use 21st century gadgets)!
commented 2016-03-07 17:07:07 -0500
Facebook should be banned.