Don’t put too many of your personal photographs up online – and make sure they’re only accessible to friends, regardless of the announced intentions of the online platform – advises Till Kreutzer of the online portal irights.info.
“I don’t have to document everything about my private life, to say nothing of uploading it.”
But that’s no reason to stop worrying about where people post pictures, says Kreutzer.
“These free services are incredibly expensive for the operators,” said the legal expert. “Data is like a currency for them, with which the user pays.” People need to be aware of that when uploading everything from photos to text to links.
The key is to worry about how visible a picture is.
“On a platform like Instagram, there are millions of pictures, sometimes by professional photographers,” he says. “It’s pretty unlikely that they’ll pick my picture for an advertising campaign.”
It’s more likely that pictures will be called up when someone performs a search for a specific name.
“If I apply for a job with someone, then suddenly the sins of my youth might pop up,” warns Kreutzer. That’s why private pictures should only be accessible to the user and a tight circle of contacts. Most photo platforms offer a variety of settings to ensure such standards.