Is it against the law for a store to release still photos of a juvenile they suspect of shoplifting?

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Is it against the law for a store to release still photos of a juvenile they suspect of shoplifting?

Is it against the law for an organization to post pictures on social media of a juvenile suspected of shoplifting?

Asked on September 21, 2015 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No, it is not illegal unless there is a court order barring this in the absence of a court order, a private citizen or business may post photos of alleged criminals. If however this is false, that is, if the juvenile did not shop lift, then the juvenile's family may have a lawsuit for defamation, since defamation is the statement or publication of untrue factual statements which damage another's reputation.


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