How to Handle People Posting Embarrassing Photos of You Online

One day or night, you go online and what do you see? An embarrassing photo of you on Facebook.  Not only is this pic embarrassing, for some folks, it could get them fired.

What do you do when someone uploads an unflattering pic?  First, let me remind you of US law.  If you’re in a public space, people have the right to photograph you and upload the pic. Even booty pics are protected under this law.

Yet, there are exceptions.  Manipulating the photo in an unflattering way can get you sued.  Also, you can’t photograph and post what folks do in privacy.  Another thing, say you photograph a guy walking in the park.  If you post the pic in a news story about male prostitution, that guy owns the legal right to sue you.

Drunk People on Subway

Because this happened in a public space, these folks can’t sue the photographer.

So here’s what you do about unflattering pics.  First, ask to have the pic removed. Also, politely explain the reason having the photo removed. Usually, this works.  If this don’t work, you’re pretty much screwed.  When you’re in the publc eye, the photographer can upload the pic and share with as many online friends as possible.

Now, what if the photo was stolen from you?  Like the previous incident, ask to have the photo removed.  The person refuses?    Contact Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (DMCA) For a fee, they demand the offending idiot or idiots to remove the photo.

Unflattering online photos suck.  Yet, there are some things you can do about it.

photo credit: Rooney. via photopin cc

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