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

8 Comments

  1. Kyles

    December 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Yuck, how creepy. It’s so odd when people do stuff like that. On my wedding day, my husband and I were having some photos taken on the beach and so many people stopped to take photos and some random guy came up and started filming. I just couldn’t help wondering why on earth he would want that on film. Everyone has their own phones and cameras – if they wanted a picture taken they would have taken it themselves or asked someone to take one for them! I’m definitely with you on this. #abitofeverything

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Oh, I would have asked him to stop, that is a bit wrong xx

  2. mummyshambles

    December 2, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Honestly, I think some of the best and most iconic shots are candid ones. A posed shot will always have an unnatural look about it but I do see where you are coming from and it’s a valid point. I don’t come at it from a romantic view but one of creativity. I find it kind of sad that that we have to worry about taking a photograph but that’s the society we now live in. How do we know that the person taking a picture of us isn’t doing it for dodgy reasons? *sighs*
    Good post, m’dear – thought provoking. X

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      I think its more the plastering it all over the internet that I dislike rather than the initial taking the picture x

      1. mummyshambles

        December 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm

        I agree. Again, it’s a sign of the society we live in, especially with camera phones. X

        1. The Anxious Dragon

          December 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

          Yes, because people share so much about themselves there is the assumption that eveyone is the same. I get really cross if people post pics of me online without asking me first

          1. mummyshambles

            December 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm

            I would too, especially if it was shit lol X

  3. Agent Spitback

    December 6, 2015 at 7:27 am

    It sounds like a publicity stunt all about the photographer drumming up publicity for herself and not about the couple. It is a gross violation of the couple’s very private moment if the photos are plastered all over social media. What if the proposal story did not have a happy ending? Wouldn’t this be embarrassing for the couple?

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