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Facebook settles landmark legal case

A 14 year old Northern Ireland girl has settled her legal action against Facebook after a man allegedly posted a naked photograph of her on a Facebook page.

 

The teenager sued Facebook for damages, alleging misuse of private information, negligence and breach of the Data Protection Act.  Her legal team argued that Facebook had the ability to block any republication of her photograph by using a DNA process to identify the image.  Facebook had failed in an earlier bid to have the claim dismissed at a preliminary stage. 

 

The civil trial was due to be heard on 9th January, however, the High Court was told that a confidential settlement had been reached. 

Experts believe the case will have legal ramifications for other social media platforms to monitor inappropriate content. 

 

To read commentary from Worthingtons solicitors click here. The Belfast Telegraph’s article can be accessed here.

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