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MonkeyPJs Thu 14-Jan-16 09:17:54

I am genuinely interested in if I am being unreasonable here as have no idea!

I was on the committee for the work Christmas Party, which involved booking a photo booth that prints out two strips of photos at the time to give to the people in the pics, then goes blank before the next photo.

The week after the party, the booth company sent me a password-controlled link with all of the photos that had been taken inside the booth. Maybe I am behind the times I totally am but I had no idea that the booth 'kept' all of the photos. Looking through the photos I also had the distinct impression that some of other people thought the same as I suspect some of the pics wouldn't have been posed as they were had the individuals known a colleague would one day see them. Nothing seedy, just - for example - couples kissing each other. I decided that out of respect for colleagues no-one else should see the pics, and forgot about it.

Now, though, much younger colleagues who are wiser in the way of photo booths (apparently everyone uses them at uni events, I'm told) want the link to the pics - which they knew would be generated as apparently looking at all of the photos afterward is the fun part - to put on the work intranet.

I don't want to do this though, and still feel that the photos shouldn't be shared like this without the permission of the people in them. I'm not usually a prude about privacy, but to me it doesn't seem right to share them in such a manner. Not only the smoochy photos, but all of them - in a highly professional workplace it feels like sharing that sort of thing in the cold light of day feels like being a bit of a bad sport.


Ridingthegravytrain Thu 14-Jan-16 09:22:57

I agree as those who posed for the photos at the time got their photos printed off. I dint realise they were kept digitally either

I guess all you can do is email those with the photos maybe they wouldn't want others to see and ask if they are happy for you to send the link. They may not care!

MrsRobot Thu 14-Jan-16 09:32:03

I wouldn't put them all on-line, seems a bit unfair to those that didn't know there'd be more copies! - YANBU.

But as riding said I'd privately email people the photos they were in because the machine probably only printed one copy of each photo. Though if loads of people want copies of their photos and there are a lot to get through you might have made yourself a lot of work there!

Marzipants Thu 14-Jan-16 09:33:49

YABU - the photos are part of the fun! If there were photos of me that you weren't allowing me to see I'd be pretty miffed. Maybe upload a censored version to the intranet of you're concerned about allowing grownups to see what other grownups look like kissing.

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 14-Jan-16 09:34:20

I know their kept, my 60 year old parents know as well. Don't assume just because you didn't, everyone is the same. I don't think it's your place to decide if people can see them. Just dole out the password to people who want to see, that way they aren't posted anywhere public. Say not to publish any without the permission of people who were being photographed.

MonkeyPJs Thu 14-Jan-16 09:37:18

To clarify - people have seen the photos they posed for themselves, as the booth prints 2x copies of each at the time they have taken. They just haven't seen other peoples'.

justmyview Thu 14-Jan-16 09:38:16

Could you delete / edit some of the pics before posting the rest online?

I wouldn't have expected the photos to be kept / shared

MonkeyPJs Thu 14-Jan-16 09:39:25

Editing them isn't an option I am afraid either - it's all or nothing!

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Thu 14-Jan-16 09:40:13

ooooh Monkeypjs kissed someone and doesn't want anyone to know!!


it's such a tedious time of year, I'd let everyone look...make lunchtime a bit more fun for the next week or so

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 14-Jan-16 09:40:42

No, I get that but It's not your place to decide whether people have access to the digital copies. Unless you want to spend ages going through hundreds of photos,individually emailing them out then I think you need to give access to them. Perhaps just ask people if there are any they don't want people to see and delete them beforehand?

knobblyknee Thu 14-Jan-16 09:43:37

I think they should all be deleted. No one expected there to be digital copies anywhere.
It would take up too much time to sort out everyones copies privately.

Would this be covered by the Data Protection Act or Computer Misuse Act in some way?

SoupDragon Thu 14-Jan-16 09:43:39

"I'm really sorry but I cant do that without the permission of everybody who was at the party"

Add some nonsense about data protection/privacy laws which doesn't have to be true if you like.

SoupDragon Thu 14-Jan-16 09:44:47

^ It's not your place to decide whether people have access to the digital copies^

It's not her place to decide others can see photos that most people probably thought were private either.

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 14-Jan-16 09:45:59

I think they should all be deleted. No one expected there to be digital copies anywhere.

Well clearly some did, or else they wouldn't be asking for access to them. The company would have said this, not really other people's fault of the op didn't check and make it clear.

In any case, the op doesn't even know if people don't want them published, she's just assuming.

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 14-Jan-16 09:47:01

SoupDragon like I said, just ask people.

Wineandrosesagain Thu 14-Jan-16 09:47:37

Take the question back to the committee that set up the party and ask for their view? Or tell those that want to view them that they need to obtain everyone's permission before posting them on the work intranet (as that's a task you don't want).

breezydoesit Thu 14-Jan-16 09:49:07

What happens on your, stays on tour. Don't publish the pics

AnchorDownDeepBreath Thu 14-Jan-16 09:49:10

Who went in a photo booth and thought it wouldn't keep copies? They do - the companies that run them will usually reissue a link, if asked, too.

Did your company advise people that the photos weren't saved?

It's common knowledge that the photos are recorded.

You could, perhaps, send an email stating that due to the number of requests to release the photo album, you're planning on doing on on Monday morning, unless you hear from anyone as to why they don't want the photos released?

It's not clear whether you thought they wouldn't be saved and are presuming that others did too, or if there are an even number of people who thought they'd be private (although I'd be surprised that more than a handful of people expected privacy in a corporate photo booth. Or didn't know that everything is recorded in any photo booth).

breezydoesit Thu 14-Jan-16 09:49:21


GruntledOne Thu 14-Jan-16 09:57:47

It's common knowledge that the photos are recorded.

It really isn't, you know - and equally it isn't common knowledge that the owners will make them all available afterwards.

MonkeyPJs Thu 14-Jan-16 09:58:22

Hmmm, interesting views thanks!

People getting their photos taken weren't advised either way about whether they'd be saved. A straw poll around the office shows that while some people knew they'd be saved, some people didn't.

Photo booths are relatively new where I am - I think this would have only been the third time I'd seen one, and never saw the links to the pics the first two times. I know at least a couple of people who had never used one before - I suppose it depends on the circles you're in?

TheClacksAreDown Thu 14-Jan-16 10:02:27

I wouldn't have known there would be copies kept and would be pretty horrified if what I thought was essentially using a polaroid would then appear on the work intranet.

If this has been clear to everyone at the time with an obvious sign then that would be fine but in these circumstances no. There is also quite a difference for doing this post a uni event and a professional work place event.

NoSquirrels Thu 14-Jan-16 10:11:54

No, you can't publish them on a work intranet - not if no one was warned before they went in the booth that it would happen.

Different for a wedding, or a party, or whatever - and even then I personally wouldn't publish the pics on social media, say, which is what the intranet is the office equivalent of.

No one has a "right" to the pictures of other people.

But yes, ask the Committee. Put your case. Then it's a known issue for next year.

Schwabischeweihnachtskanne Thu 14-Jan-16 10:16:23

If you are reasonably sure that even some people were unaware it was a digital booth and thought they were only going in the booth to take polariod type private photos I don't think you can hand out the password.

Were all the kissing couples universally known through-out the workplace to be couples? Could you be unwittingly taking the lid off Pandora's box by giving everyone access to all the photos?

cleaty Thu 14-Jan-16 10:16:48

No don't publish them. And I am someone else who had no idea the photos were stored.

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