Data protection and privacy lawyer, Philipa Jane Farley, has warned parents not to make pictures of their children freely and publicly available, especially on social media platforms.
This was after one parent complained in a WhatsApp group that her daughter’s photos were being posted on social media by a man claiming to be his daughter’s father, when he wasn’t. The woman, who can’t be named to protect her daughter, was complaining about one of their group who took pictures of her daughter during a Longrich presentation.
“Good morning Leaders, this guy (name withheld), he is also here in this group is (sic) been posting my daughter’s photos on his social media claiming she’s his daughter, he took these photos when we were at presentation.
“As a parent I can do anything to protect my daughter, I find this so creepy, kids are kidnapped and raped in this country. As parents we now avoid posting them on social media because we want to protect them.
“Please people, don’t allow strangers to take pictures with your children as you won’t know their intentions.
“I tried talking to him, instead he is threatening me. I guess this is a clear notification that he won’t stop.