A recent poll by Sophos asked 842 correspondents if people should be required to ask permission before posting photos or videos on Facebook of other people. Of those polled, about 80% believe that seeking permission prior to posting is “common courtesy”, according to Naked Security. Another 8% think that it should be illegal for individuals to post phots of videos of others without their approval.
While Facebook’s privacy settings do allow users to untag themselves from photos or videos, untagging only removes photos from a user’s profile. This does not prevent another user from uploading photos or videos of them. It is left up to the users to ask each other to refrain from posting pictures of each other they may find unflattering or wish to keep from the public.
It has been a common call from users for websites to require the user be notified and approve of a posting before they are tagged. However, it seems Facebook will keep its current “publish first, apologise later” motto in regards to posting without permission.