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A grandma in Holland has been ordered to remove pictures of her grandchildren from Facebook under a data protection law

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A grandma in the Netherlands (not pictured) has been ordered by a court to take down pictures of her grandchildren.
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  • A grandma in Holland has been ordered by a court to take pictures of her grandchildren off Facebook and Pinterest.
  • The children's mother — also the grandma's daughter — had asked before for her to take the pictures down as she didn't want pictures of the children exhibited on social media.
  • She filed a complaint under GDPR, Europe's famously robust privacy laws.
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Europe's famously robust privacy laws have been used to make a grandmother take down pictures of her grandchildren from the internet.

A court in Holland ruled earlier this month that a grandmother must take down all of the pictures of her grandchildren she posted on Facebook and Pinterest after her daughter and mother of the children filed a complaint under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The mother has three children aged 14, six and five and had asked several times for the grandmother to remove the pictures, according to a local news report. The same report said the oldest child had lived with the grandmother for seven years before going to live with his father. 

The mother stated she does not want her children's photos exhibited on the internet, and has reportedly not spoken to the grandmother for a year over the dispute.

The court ruled in the mother's favor, and imposed a fine of 50 euros ($54.50) for every day the grandma didn't comply up to a maximum fine of 1000 euros, the BBC reports. Normally GDPR wouldn't apply to "personal" processing of data, but the court ruled that posting the pictures on Facebook made them visible to a wider audience.

"I think the ruling will surprise a lot of people who probably don't think too much before they tweet or post photos," technology lawyer Neil Brown told the BBC.

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