Social media users post viral videos of people being filmed inadvertently. Here are the rules

Imagine this: you are about to pay at the grocery store, but a stranger comes up and irons their card instead.

Or you walk down the street and someone you have never met asks you to hold a speaker for them while they go to the toilet – the next moment the music blares from the stereo and the owner is nowhere to be seen.

The situations may seem strange, but these actions are increasingly orchestrated with a camera nearby that captures reactions to be shared on social media.

So even if the stranger did not ask if they could use this recording, can it really be shared online?

Does anyone need my permission to film me?

The TikTok logo on the screen of a smartphone.
TikTok users post viral videos without the consent of the people in them.(Flickr: ajay_suresh)

If you’re in a public place, no.

According to Barbara McDonald, a professor at the University of Sydney Law School, there is no law against filming another person in public.

This is because there is no law in Australia that protects your privacy as an individual.

“If I’m just an ordinary person, then it’s hard to say that privacy is protected,” says Professor McDonald.

What if I do not want it on social media?

This is what happened to a woman from Melbourne this week when she found out that a video posted without her consent of a man leaving her flowers collected 57 million views and 10.9 million likes.

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