Privacy and unwanted disclosures of photographs online: the future is wearable?

henry_pearceHenry Pearce
Lecturer in Law and Cohort Tutor at the University of Hertfordshire

The emergence of online social networking sites services has provided us with numerous benefits and has transformed the way in which people work, live, interact and learn. Their use, however, also gives rise to a number of legal and regulatory challenges concerning the privacy of the users of such services. One of the most significant of these challenges is the way in which social networking sites may be used as a means of facilitating the unwanted publication of photographs. It is estimated that approximately 1.8 billion photos are uploaded to social networking platforms each day.[1] Many of these pictures will contain images of identifiable individuals and will have been uploaded without their consent, or against their wishes, and may result in negative consequences. We frequently hear, for example, about individuals missing out on employment opportunities or being blackmailed as a result of personal data distributed via social media.[2] Accordingly, how individuals can be put in a position from which they can exercise control over information shared about them online, photographic or otherwise, and protect their privacy, has become a salient issue for European privacy regulators. An interesting recent development has suggested, however, that technology, rather than the law, might be the best way of securing this objective. Continue reading “Privacy and unwanted disclosures of photographs online: the future is wearable?”


‘Living together’ in diversity and mutual respect: Some thoughts on SAS v France

Piret Akkerman
LLB Graduate from the University of Hertfordshire

The SAS v France[1] judgment, which was delivered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on the 1st of July 2014, introduced a new ground to justify interference with an individual’s religious freedom under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In light of recent public debates on an evolving pluralistic and diverse society, this blog post revisits the judgment and discusses its wider impact. Continue reading “‘Living together’ in diversity and mutual respect: Some thoughts on SAS v France”