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French parents could be jailed for posting pictures of their children online

Parents in France are being warned not to post pictures of their children on social media networks such as Facebook.
The Telegraph reports that the country’s strict privacy laws mean that it is an offence to publicise intimate details of the private lives of others – including children – without consent. If their children decide to prosecute them as grown ups, parents could face a fine of £35,000 (€45,000) or up to a year in jail if found guilty.
Lawyer Viviane Gelles told Le Figaro newspaper that under French law, ‘Parents are responsible for protecting images of their children.
‘We often criticise teenagers for their online behaviour, but parents are no better.
‘Children at certain stages do not wish to be photographed or still less for those photos to be made public.’

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