A data protection watchdog could be set to feature in a landmark legal action over a naked photograph of a year-old Northern Ireland girl being allegedly posted on a Facebook "shame" page. The High Court in Belfast heard yesterday that the Information Commissioner has requested documents in the claim against the social media giant.
A judge also listed the case for a week-long trial in September next year. In what is believed to be the first litigation of its kind in the world, the naked is suing Facebook and the teens suspected of posting her photo. Her lawyers allege the image was blackmailed from her and then published as a form of revenge porn.
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The girl, who cannot be identified, is seeking damages for misuse of teens information, negligence and breach of the Data Protection Act. Her photo was said to have been posted on a so-called shame page on Facebook several times between November and January Barrister Peter Girvan, instructed by McCann and McCann solicitors to represent the teenager, has likened it to a method of child abuse.
It is contended that Facebook had the power to block any republication by using a 'DNA' process to identify the image. In September the naked failed in an japan sexy fucked to have the action dismissed at a preliminary stage.