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Complainant Name:
A couple

Clauses Noted: 1, 6

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

A couple complained that the newspaper had published a photograph of their fourteen-year-old daughter and her friend – taken from a posting on the website ‘bebo’ – to illustrate an article about the dangers of schoolgirls posting their details on the internet. The complainants were particularly concerned that their daughter’s name was visible, and her face not sufficiently blurred, in the photograph which could therefore lead to her identification. The complainants said that they had no idea that a friend of their daughter had posted the photograph on her ‘bebo’ account.

Resolution:

The newspaper sought to explain that it had taken the image from another newspaper and that the photograph was, in any case, available in the public domain through its featuring on the website. Whilst the complainants remained concerned about their daughter’s identification, the matter was resolved when the newspaper apologised to the complainants and undertook to place a warning on the image in its library to make clear that it should not be used again.

Report: 73



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