The user gets very upset when false information about him or unwanted or offensive images appears on the internet. He wonders how to do the right thing in such situations, and what options are available to delete offensive information, photos or videos from the web.
Attorney Jonas Jakobsen, an IT and intellectual property law expert, explains, “No one may post photos of me without my permission. If anyone does, it violates my right to my private image, which is a form of public personal right. . “
This paragraph is the mainstay in the new laws aimed at protecting personal freedom, which have been applied by most countries of the world, including many Arab countries.
This is regulated by the Artistic Copyright Act, which expressly prohibits the posting of other people’s photographs by third parties.
The difference between publication and production
In the beginning, a distinction must be made between publishing and production. The laws governing publication on the Internet in countries of the world differ in the request for approval at publication or public display, and it also differs in terms of the request for permission in the production process itself, but there are exceptions to this rule, for example when one is taken. Within a group of people during a demonstration, in this case the photo can also be published without the person’s permission.
There are some individual cases that are not completely clear, such as when a person appears in the background of a photo, but can be clearly identified. In this case, an individual assessment is performed.
It is not possible to completely prevent unwanted information or images from reaching the internet, says Rebecca Weiss of the German Association for Communication and Information Technology.
The German expert adds, “Anything that the user has shared with others, and that was obtained illegally by hacking the user’s devices, can find its way to be published on the Internet.”
What the user needs to do – in the first place – is not to post unwanted images, such as nude photos, on the internet.
Restrict access to public content
Michael Lietger, director general of the German initiative DsiN, explained that the user should restrict access to public content, for example by setting Instagram’s profile to private, or restricting the viewing of private photos of a certain group of people. People, and in this way, strangers are prevented from abusing the images, which the user himself publishes.
If the user wants to know the quality of the images and information about him published on the internet, he can search by name in the search engines or compose an alert directly so that he will be notified of the new search results doors. -mail.
Litger pointed out that there is a similar method in social networks, which leads to good results, and the user quickly learns of offensive images by friends and acquaintances associated with him on social networks.
Request to delete photos
In the event that the user finds an offensive image of himself on the internet and wants to remove it immediately, he should contact the responsible person and ask to delete the image or change the posting, and often unwanted images are posted to social networks uploaded without thinking or any bad intentions.
German lawyer Jonas Jakobsen added that it is also important not to re-upload the content to the internet, and not just to request its removal, so that the user is the operating company of the website or platform or even the person who uploaded may warn of offensive images or information, if necessary.
social media platforms
When the content is related to social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, the user must legally contact the platform directly; Because these platforms are not responsible for breaking the law unless they are aware of it.
Facebook and Instagram users can use the reporting feature, and if the user’s name is tagged on one of the photos, he can delete it himself, and the user can also set in “Profile settings” and “Check posts and labels” to not do not add tags to other users’ photos without their permission.
However, it is not enough to delete only offensive images from social networks, for several reasons: one of which is that the offensive images may have been republished on other pages or a private blog, and the owner of this blog may refuse to the images.
The expert, Rebecca Weiss, added that the user can ask the search engines to delete the search results, and this method is a very effective way, even if the publication itself is deleted, and if the offensive publication itself does not appear on search engines not. , like Google and others, it will be very difficult to find it on the internet. There are also some search engines, such as Google and Bing, that provide the user with special forms for deletion requests to be implemented.