We had an interesting one this week.
An ex-employee at one of our clients has she decided she wants her image to be removed from all company social media, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the websites, quoting GDPR and the “right to be forgotten” at them.
Our client was not best pleased, as there are hundreds of images to trawl through to remove her.
And – make no mistake – he does have to do this, but if he had taken action earlier, he’d have been able to avoid it.
What he needed to do was the equivalent of a talent release form in the acting industry.
Get your employees to sign the “Consent to use of employee image” form (we can provide you with this).
Once they’ve signed it, they’ll have consented to having their images used on your social media and promotional materials.
They can remove that permission at any stage, but NOT retrospectively.
So you would not have to remove their image from wherever it already is (although if they have left, taking them off the “meet our team” section of the website makes sense), but you would not be able to use it again going forward.
We strongly recommend that you use the form to avoid the hassle – all of our clients will automatically be sent this, and it is a standard part of our standalone GDPR for employees pack (£95 plus VAT).
Send me an email or give me a call if you are interested!