The right to privacy
Good evening everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying this unusually warm weather. I’m not fan of the extreme heat and as a result have been firmly lodged indoors out of the sun for the last few days.
During this time I have spent even more time than usual on Facebook and Twitter (yes, I know that hardly seems possible) and whilst doing so came across an ITV news story about a woman’s social media search for a young couple who she photographed getting engaged on the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The woman at the centre of the search saw the young lady propose to her boyfriend, and took several candid shots of the proposal and his subsequent
She says her intentions were to capture the special moment, and then share the pictures with them after. However she claims that she wasn’t able to reach the couple in time to show them the pictures and therefore launched the search for them via Facebook.
Now this was portrayed in the ITV report as a happy feel good story, but it isn’t how I viewed it (nor was it the response of my friend who initially commented on the story).
Now I appreciate that people share much of their personal lives with others via social media these days, and I will hold my hands up to being one such person, but for every piece of information I share, I make the decision about how much I share and to what audience.
When the choice about what and to whom information about ourselves is taken away from us, this surely must be a violation of our privacy.
The woman who took the pictures violated the couples privacy first by taking the pictures, and secondly by posting them on social media.
I have subsequently had a couple of discussions with people about this story. It seems many people do see it as a lovely romantic story, and are hoping the couple are found and will be delighted to discover their special moment has been photographed and shared with the world.
They also hope the couple will be happy for their names and personal stories to be reported by ITV as and when someone recognises the pictures and tells the press who they are.
I actually hope this too, because the alternative would be a couple who are mortified that their pictures have been splashed all over the internet without their knowledge or consent, and who are subsequently stressed by the unwanted media attention (as would be my response if that had been me).
How do you feel about this type of story? Do you embrace the romanticism or are you bothered by the lack of privacy offered to the couple?
As always I would love to know what you think about my post, so please make me smile by adding a comment or two Xx