Hello I admin a Facebook community page. There seems to be some confusion as to what the law states regarding posting pictures of minors. This issue stems from a group of possible adults or older teens causing damage and constantly causing problems at a local park and some locals wanting to know if they can post pictures of the group that is constantly causing these issues if they see them so other adults can go make their presence known. Our city has very little police support and the community would like to make their presence known to the possible "kids".
It is illegal to post illicit pictures of children. But photos of people who you see in public places is likely to be fine. There is no right to privacy when you are in public. Facebook rules are a whole different monster. Good Luck,
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If the children are in public, and clothed and not engaging in sexual activity, it is legal to take their picture, and to post it on the internet. However, if the picture is used to sell a product, you can sue for their appropriation of the photo for financial gain.
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