French authorities are warning parents to think twice before putting photos of their children dressed up as elephants for World Book Day on Facebook, as the children may one day get a bit older and take offence. And sue them, therefore ruining all Christmases for ever.
It's a particularly French problem at the moment, as the country's privacy laws allow for massive fines to be handed out for exploiting the privacy of others online -- a ruling that could also be interpreted to include complaints by the children of parents who've over-shared pictures of their little darlings.
It's a legal timebomb says one privacy expert, who warns that when children turn into adults they could -- in a really weird world -- sue their parents for shaming them online by telling potential employers and sexual partners that there used to be a time when they had to wear a nappy because of a lack of toilet manners.
Internet law expert Eric Delcroix told French paper Le Figaro that: "We often criticise teenagers for their online behaviour, but parents are no better. Children at certain stages do not wish to be photographed or still less for those photos to be made public." [Telegraph]