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James Mather
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Hello! I would like some info regarding european internet privacy

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Hello! I would like some info regarding european internet privacy laws. Some friends of mine from a school in Greece posted a video on Facebook depicting students in a school environment performing the "harlem shake". The school asked to remove the video since they considered it to be offending material towards the school itself. Can the video be reuploaded by stating that : The views and statements expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of... name of school? How can the students use their rights for expression in the media? The video doesn't show the name of the school somewhere so no one can recognise it. Thanks
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 5 years ago.

So is this Greek school in Greece complaining?

How do the school know it is the school. Do they know who posted it?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The school used several words to describe the incident (offending material, giving out a bad image of the school, encouraging students to do such stuff which is not wanted by the school, etc.). Unfortunately, at the beginning of posting there was the name of the school included and a teacher of the school saw the post by a student on facebook. Can the students now request that it is reinstated, without the name of the school anywhere? And of course stating that it does not represent the views of the educational institution.

Expert:  James Mather replied 5 years ago.

I cannot tell you the
situation in Greece, but I can tell you the situation in the UK.

There is no Greek law category
on the site

This is a matter between the
student and the school and it may be a breach of the school rules and the
student may be disciplined for breaching the rules.

There is no legal action to be
taken either by the student or the school.

Does that answer the question?

Can I help further?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

How can it be a breach of school rules since the school's name is not mentioned anywhere? And since there is freedom of expression in all media, can't this video be reuploaded without giving a single hint of which school that is?

Expert:  James Mather replied 5 years ago.

If the school makes a rule
which says that students are not allowed to do with this, then it is a breach
of the rule. Simple.

I appreciate it may not be the
answer that you wanted, but there is no point in me misleading you.