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Is there any law on fake dating profiles?

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is there any law on fake dating profiles?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yeah I seen a profile online which looks a lot like a friend of mine although she has been deceased now for a few years.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I could be completely wrong though, just was thinking if it is, then is there nothing that can be done apart from report the profile?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Do you know how they came by the photograph?
I presume this is a photograph?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Im guessing google search, yeah its a photograph.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thanks.
If this photograph was on the internet already then I'm afraid they are perfectly free to use it in this way.
It would be different if the photograph had been stolen from some private place but if it was online anyway then there is no wrongdoing in using it for another purpose unless that purpose is unlawful per se.
Sorry if that is bad news.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
So pretty much whomever it is, can create a dating profile and use a fake image and nothing can really be done?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Apart from getting in contact with the dating site in question and asking them to remove it.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Not if that image was on the internet elsewhere anyway.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
So to clarify there is no law stopping this, would it not be fraud of sort?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ive just went onto the dating site, the profile has now disappeared, im assuming the website took it off or the user took it down
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Not if that image was available on the interview anyway.
If you put an image online it can be used by anybody.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That's crazy, you would think there was some sort of law that protects against it.
so anyone can download a picture online and upload it to a dating site and pretend to be someone they aren't and nothing can be done legally
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Yes, that is right.
That is what people do on Facebook all the time.
That is why it is important to be careful what you put on the internet.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yeah, just seems so wrong though, but if there is no law then nothing can be done I guess.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Not on the basis of what you describe I'm afraid.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok well that's it then, I kinda thought there wasn't anything legally that can be done, but if the picture is online, I guess in a sense it is within the 'public domain'
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
thanks
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Yes, that is right I'm afraid.