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By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 3 Jul 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Do They Have The Right To Use My Photo On Website?

Q.

I have a very small issue in the scheme of things, but your advice would be welcome.

Do I have the right to refuse the use of my personel picture on the companies Web Site?

(Mr David Richards, 5 September 2008)

A.

This issue touches on a couple of different areas. The first, and most important, is data protection, and the other is your employee contract.

The Data Protection Act 1998 would seem to apply in this instance. They have a policy on the use of images. Under that, the company would need to obtain your consent before they use your photo, and tell you where it will be used and for what purpose.

Having your picture taken for staff ID is one thing, but having them put it online is another. A staff ID picture that gives you access to buildings and offices can only be used for that purpose without your specific consent, and you should be given the choice, as well as being made aware of any security risks. It doesn’t matter whether the picture is used on the Internet or simply on a company Intranet, you still have to give your specific permission. If you don’t want your picture used, the company should respect your choice.

The whole issue of privacy and data protection in images was highlighted recently when Google announced it was adding Street View photos to its Google Maps. This involves taking pictures on streets, which include cars and people. There has been a debate regarding the use of these pictures without consent, and Google will blur the faces and number plates in order that none of them can be recognised in order to comply with the Data Protection Act.

However, and it can be a big however, there’s also the issue of employee contracts to consider.

Employee contracts – and all employees should have one, even if it’s just very basic – cover the terms of employment. It might be a contract, it might be a handbook, it can even be a verbal agreement. You’ll need to read that carefully to see if you’ve given the company the right to use your photo on their web site. If it’s in there, then, by signing the contract, you’ve given them the right to use the picture. If it’s not in the employee contract, then they’ll need your permission to comply with the Data Protection Act.

This might seem a small matter, but it isn’t. Privacy and data protection, especially breaches of it, have been in the news a lot lately, and need to be taken very seriously indeed.

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Hanban - Your Question:
Hi I need your advice please. Previously worked for a company and employment there was terminated. Months later they have now posted a photo on social media without asking any permission. Is this legal?

Our Response:
If you do not approve, you can request the company removes it.
YourPrivacy - 3-Jul-18 @ 2:07 PM
@Stacy - if you ask them to take it down they are obliged to.
MN - 3-Jul-18 @ 1:39 PM
Hi I need your advice please. Previously worked for a company and employment there was terminated. Months later they have now posted a photo on social media without asking any permission. Is this legal?
Hanban - 3-Jul-18 @ 12:18 PM
Hi, I live in a low cost housing rental and the company that owns it has used my picture with my son and my sister on their website , so the first thing you would see is our picture on this website. Firstly I was ambushed into them taking these pics of us because it was early on a Saturday morning and we we're on our way out so to get them off our necks we let them take a few pics and the guy was like "oh these pics would not be used in South Africa its for abroad promotion" and then we were done and a few month s go by and people keep asking me what my picture is doing on this website and I feel like my privacy had been invaded because I didn't ask for this and I certainly did not get paid for it either. What can I do about this?
Stacy - 2-Jul-18 @ 10:05 PM
@Bedders - just ask them to take it down. Only if they refuse can you complain to the ICO.
Tom - 11-May-18 @ 2:57 PM
Hi Can a builder publish pictures of the inside of my house without permission. Many thanks for any feedback you can offer.
Bedders - 7-May-18 @ 9:52 PM
I am private on Instagram and put up a photo of me at my workplace, a follower then screenshot it and sent it to my employer,is this legal? .
monty - 27-Apr-18 @ 2:40 PM
debzil - Your Question:
Hello,Need advice urgently! My neighbour has installed real cctv cameras on her house, 2 at the front facing at my vehicle parked on the street, the other in rear garden viewing my 10 & 11yr old kids on trampoline. I don't fully believe she is using this for home security as we live in a low risk area for crime, never any trouble or police etc. I have caught her numerous times peeping through her upstairs blinds then quickly shuts them. She seems to have an unhealthy interest in the coming and goings of my family.We have a legal boundary dispute going on between us at the moment so I think she has done this to harass us. Does anybody know where I stand with this as I feel like she has these cameras not solely for security. Feels like our daily lives are being watched. I would also like to know how I can get somebody to run some checks on her background as she lives alone and her behaviour is weird, (the sort that likes to scream through letterbox and bang on door making threats and makes lies up.Any advice greatly appreciated!

Our Response:
With regards to the law, you are covered by the Human Rights Act under your rights to privacy. Article 8 of the Act entitled “The Right to Respect for Private and Family Life, Home and Correspondence, means from what you have said you would have recourse to complain. In the first instance, it may be best to speak to your neighbour politely, explain the situation to them and request that they make certain modifications to the CCTV system so that it does not infringe on your privacy. If your neighbour refuses, you can contact your local police force to come out to investigate. They would obviously need to be satisfied that the installation was basically causing harassment/voyeurism, before any action can be taken. You can see more via the link here , which fully outlines your privacy rights. .
YourPrivacy - 24-Apr-18 @ 9:50 AM
hello, Need advice urgently! My neighbour has installed real cctv cameras on her house, 2 at the front facing at my vehicle parked on the street, the other in rear garden viewing my 10 & 11yr old kids on trampoline.I don't fully believe she is using this for home security as we live in a low risk area for crime, never any trouble or police etc.I have caught her numerous times peeping through her upstairs blinds then quickly shuts them.She seems to have an unhealthy interest in the coming and goings of my family. We have a legal boundary dispute going on between us at the moment so I think she has done this to harass us.Does anybody know where I stand with this as I feel like she has these cameras not solely for security.Feels like our daily lives are being watched.I would also like to know how I can get somebody to run some checks on her background as she lives alone and her behaviour is weird, (the sort that likes to scream through letterbox and bang on door making threats and makes lies up. Any advice greatly appreciated!
debzil - 23-Apr-18 @ 4:09 PM
AG - Your Question:
Hello,Recently I visited a local shop to buy some stuff. I wasn't aware that they were photographing on the day and they took my picture without consent and now they are using that video on facebook. Are they allowed to do that? Can I sue them?

Our Response:
You can certainly ask them to take it down and if they don't you can then take the matter further.
YourPrivacy - 10-Apr-18 @ 11:47 AM
Hello, Recently I visited a local shop to buy some stuff. I wasn't aware that they were photographing on the day and they took my picture without consent and now they are using that video on facebook. Are they allowed to do that? Can I sue them?
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Susie - 27-Jan-18 @ 9:12 PM
@Sevywood - once you've left the company, then company should take down the photo. You should write to your employer and asked that it is removed. You can certainly try and seek payment, I imagine they'll take the image down immediately as soon as you do that. LOL.
Rache - 25-Jan-18 @ 2:49 PM
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Hoody - 28-May-17 @ 11:26 AM
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strawberry - 25-Feb-17 @ 6:34 AM
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Anon22 - 19-Feb-17 @ 5:25 PM
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Ness - 16-Feb-17 @ 5:29 PM
@Gem - it's probably best to if you're working for another salon. The customer may have given you permission to use it for your previous work, but not share it any further, meaning your previous employer is protecting its customer's privacy rights.
CeeJay - 14-Dec-16 @ 2:33 PM
@Anon - You need to contact the company directly and ask for the photograph to be removed by a specified time scale. (i.e two weeks). If the company refuses or does not keep to your request, then you can take the matter further. Adrian.
ADE76 - 13-Dec-16 @ 12:03 PM
Please can you help to advise.I ceased working for my last employer on 23/12/15. While working for them I was required to have my photo taken (by them) for use on their "meet the team" section of their product sales website. I was obviously fine with this while I worked there, but, I have recently visited the website to see that they are still showing my photograph, and I am still being listed as the manager that I was when I worked there...almost a year after I left. I currently have another position, which fortunately is not on competition, but I do feel that this is a breach of my data protection and my privacy! For the record, I left the company as I questioned their employment skills, and I would not particularly want to be associated with them now, and I certainly do not endorse their work or products. I have checked my old contract and it does not mention anything about using my own data after my employment ceased. Do you think I have a case, as I feel this is an invasion of my privacy and assumes that I endorse their work?
Anon - 12-Dec-16 @ 6:54 AM
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