Did you know that in the UK your rights to privacy are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998? Privacy rights are therefore categorised as human rights. Article 8 stipulates your rights to privacy in relation to your private life, which includes your sexuality, your home, your family and any information relating to your personal affairs.
Since 1998 social media has taken over the world and with it our rights to privacy – our human rights. It has become an astronomical battle fought by anyone, regardless of age, gender, class or nationality. Regardless of whether an individual uses social media or not. How unfortunate it is to see people who don’t use social media, having their privacy or human rights breached on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even LinkedIn.
What does this tell us? It tells us that social media users can often be irresponsible and callous. Shockingly, this erratic behaviour isn’t limited to children and teenagers, who show a lack of common sense or respect for others. Adults do too, as well as company employees and even business owners.
Compulsive publications of photos, videos, information or your opinion of others is very risky. They could have ramifications far beyond your ability to resolve them, without any negative implications to you or others.
We all have the right to quiet enjoyment of our privates lives without intrusions. You might think that this doesn’t apply to celebrities, royalty and anyone in the public eye. Well it does apply, but they might not mind those intrusions. But that doesn’t mean that you can be intrusive with someone famous and put images or private information in the public domain.
So our advice to you is: be cautious when using social media. Remember that if it is in the public domain, it is shared, widely shared. So take care with what images, what personal data, what opinions you publish on social media. Take care particularly when it implicates someone else.
If you think you’ve had your human rights breached with privacy infringements, please give us a call for a no commitment discussion. SG
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