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Does the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 protect the identity of children who abuse animals? — 5 Comments

  1. I live in a country where such laws have resulted in a father being arrested (but not charged if I remember correctly) for taking photographs of his two year old daughter in a bubble bath. This was in the days of film (just) It happened in the UK. Someone working in the lab developing the pics made the report to the police. These were normal, innocent family album photographs. They were not illegal or perverse in any way.

    This was in the early days of new Child Protection and Data Protection laws bedding in, around the millenium.

    So the need for extreme caution publishing anything about children here, has been at the forefront of most writer’s minds for nearly 2 decades.

    In principal I think the ID of the animal abuser (however old they are) should be exposed, that includes pictures. But I am all too aware of the keen-ness of some individuals to be involved in anything where a child is involved, to be seen ‘protecting’ a child, no matter what the child has done. This protection can easily slip into acts of violence/menace against the publishers or those who support them. This is much more likely to happen if the media are visibly involved.

    These days some people have no limits on what they will do to get that 15 minutes of fame.

    In the UK I’d say that litigation could be the least of your worries

    • I was going to show his face but Elisa talked me out of it. I am sure I would have been okay. There is a bit of PCness around anonymising kids although I understand too that there are a lot pedophiles around. Also this boy may be below the age of criminality.

  2. When Children are Involved
    Think twice before uploading photos of children, even your own. Two states, Georgia and New Jersey, are working on laws that make it illegal for anyone other than a parent to photograph a minor.

    In addition, online sites must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, which has rules regarding the posting of identifying information including a child’s school, home town or full name. Though this law does not apply to individuals, Facebook could remove photos that violate the rule at the request of a parent.


    I would blur the face of the child and save a copy in my files.

    • The trouble I have with posting pictures of children is that you enter a world of legal ramifications far removed from the cat world and animal law and it is very tricky. However Facebook is so big and out of control that their admin does not spot these images which is why this photo is unedited on their website. That said there are moral arguments for seeing who this boy is. He has probably done something illegal under state law where he lives and for all we know has shot someone’s pet.

      • The image should obviously be sent to a private email usually provided for reporting crimes where he lives. I believe neighbors and everyone local has a right to know what is happening on their doorstep. This is unacceptable behavior in 2018.

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