Australian media regulator warns broadcasters against using children's photos from social media

Posted on Sep 21st, 2016 by Katarina Pantic and Deborah Fields

Even if parents post their underage child's photo on social media, broadcasters are not to use them , says the newly updated privacy guidelines from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as it may sometimes expose the children or infringe on their privacy. 

"The privacy guidelines do not relate just to children but are designed to protect against the broadcast of a person’s private life without consent – unless it is in the public interest to do so," cites The Guardian. The matter of infringing someone's privacy is that much more complex with underage children, as parental consent is not always considered to be enough to protect young people. 

To read the full story and learn more about some background to this recent guideline updates, please follow the link.