(Closed) Supervisor Said I Did Something "Illegal." What???

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I can’t imagine that it is illegal, but it is not advisable.  I would be displeased if I stumbled upon a picture of my pet or one of someone I know.  I am sure you meant no harm, but you should not do it.  I doubt there is a real law against it though.

Post # 3
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It very well could be illegal. I work at a daycare and it would be illegal to post photos of the kids without their parents permission even if there is no information of their names/info, etc. I know it’s not the same but it could be the same with pets. 

Post # 5
3469 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

You posted them with good intentions, what if someone else decided to use those pictures for ads or something? You did not get permission from the owner to post pictures of their animal and once you post pictures anyone could use them at anytime.

Post # 6
179 posts
Blushing bee

For humans, there are HIPPA and privacy laws that govern sharing of patient information, and vets/vet offices may have something similar.  You would maybe need to look online to see if there are similar privacy laws with non-human patients in healthcare settings.  

Post # 7
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I might be in the minority with this but I would be a little put off if I found a picture of my dogs on someones IG or other social media.  I’m sure this comes from me being a teacher, and never ever, even thinking about posting pictures of my students.  They’re children – and I might sound like a crazy dog lady, but,  my dogs are my kids.  (Not saying dogs=kids.. but I love them just as much). I think you did the right thing- apologizing and deleting.  While I don’t think it’s “Illegal” I think it’s just a poor judgement call – someone may have called to complain.


Maybe you could ask your boss to start a blog for the office? You’d get consent from owners, and post their cute pics- you could also help out local shelters/rescues that way! 

Post # 8
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t know about the legalities of it, but I’d imagine your supervisor wants to protect themselves and the business. It’s quite possible that someone might see the pictures of their pets and get upset that they were taken and shared without permission – leading to complaints, bad reviews and lost business. I’d say stop posting or at least get consent from the owner before doing so. 


I work in healthcare, and if make a point not to post anything about work on Facebook, even if no patient details are shared. It’s just not worth the risk of offending people (patients, colleagues, potential employers). 

Post # 9
2400 posts
Buzzing bee

LittlePumpkin:  I would think that would be OK too if you left personal info and names out. Its much different with kids as you could look and say “hey thats x” where as with pets, you can’t be certain. Many dogs of the same breeds look the same.

Anyways, I bet some person saw something and complained. It probably isn’t illegal, but if better to be on the safe side. 

Post # 10
46383 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

LittlePumpkin:  I doubt that it was illegal. Obviously it depends on where you live. Normally, if it is legal to take the picture, it is legal to post the picture.

You can post pictures of people without their consent as long as there was no reasonable expectation of privacy e.g someone using the bathroom. You cannot post pics for financial gain.

Some sites also have rules about posting pics without consent.

Was it a good idea for you to do so? No. You should ask the pets’ owners if they mind.

Post # 11
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t know if it’s illegal or not, but I know that there are still privacy laws with pets and vets. One of our dogs was a rescue who we rehomed from her previous owner. I wasn’t allowed to call her old vet and receive information about her. So, I could see how this could fall under that same type of thing. Someone could see that their friends animal is at the vet and they may not want people to know. 

Post # 12
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

LittlePumpkin:  well then I did an illegal thing too, and all the people at the animal hospitals I worked at did too! We always did that. We never posted any of the animal’s identifying information, but sometimes you cant help but take a picture of the new born puppies that were delievered via c-section or the most awkwardly adorable 19 year old dog that you can believe is STILL alive. lol! I still see everyone posting those pictures on facebook, even though I no longer work there. 

Post # 13
7265 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

julies1949:  I’d imagine the inside of a vet’s office would entitle you to a reasonable expectation of privacy though. Even though it’s accessible to the public, it’s still a private property and you can’t be there unless you’ve got legitimate business there.

OP probably a good idea if you just don’t do anything wth your phone while working, because then you can focus your attention on working. 

Post # 14
3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It may not be illegal, but they’re not your animals to take pictures of. You should get the owners’ permission before posting pictures of their pets on the internet.

Post # 15
578 posts
Busy bee

Legality all depends on where you live, so no one could answer that without knowing specifics. Even if it’s not illegal, it is in bad taste. Photographing someone’s pet without their permission seems invasive to me. 

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