An elderly woman using a smartphone in her living room.
In the Netherlands, a woman was ordered by a court to delete photos of her grandchildren from social networks in a decision under the general EU data protection regulation.
The decision was the result of a dispute between the grandmother and her daughter, who asked the police to have the photos removed. After the first refused to delete the images, the children’s mother referred the case to a court in the Dutch province of Gelderland.
Grandma must delete photos that have been uploaded to her Facebook and Pinterest accounts within 10 days, the judge said, adding that she will be fined 50 euros ($ 55) for each day she fails to comply, up to a maximum penalty of 1,000 euros.
What is the GDPR?
Brussels introduced the GDPR in May 2018 to give people across the block more control over their personal data. The framework gives consumers in the region the power to demand to know how their data is being used and to have the “right to be forgotten” – in other words, the ability to have all data deleted only company stores there.
Organizations must also obtain the express consent of users before they can process or store their data. Companies that fail to comply with these measures can be fined up to 20 million euros, or 4% of their total annual turnover. In January, the law resulted in fines of more than $ 126 million, according to law firm DLA Piper.
Monday will mark the second anniversary of the implementation of the GDPR.
According to the Dutch interpretation of the law, people must obtain permission from a legal guardian to publish photos of children under the age of 16.
The judge said that the data had not been processed for “purely personal or household” use, adding that it could not be excluded that the images on Facebook could be distributed and in the hands of third parties.