Putting names on the web

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by ccriste, May 4, 2009.

  1. ccriste macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2009
    Is it illegal or just bad form to put someone's name up on a webpage without their permission? Here's the story. I've created an unofficial class website, since we didn't have one, for our high school class. We graduated many years ago. The individual names are on nameplates on a plaque. There's no way for me to contact everyone to get their permission for me to include their name on a webpage. Should I worry much?

    I'm planning to write something up saying to contact me if they want their name taken off. Would that suffice?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Not sure if it's illegal, but I guess you've taken the necessary precautions by saying you'll remove it if you want them too.

    I personally would be more than a little annoyed if I found my name on a webpage like that, though.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Well, is it just a name, or is there a picture with it? Placing a full name and image of a minor (under 18 in the U.S.) is considered a bad move when you don't have the parent's permission. Though, since it sounds like it has been a few years everyone is likely an adult now. I don't think there's any legal issues unless you have harassing messages about people or are or are hurting someone's reputation in some way.
  4. ccriste thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2009
    Thanks Miles for your honest reply. I figured that some would feel the way you said you'd feel if you suddenly saw your name on a webpage.
  5. ccriste thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2009
    It's just their name on a nameplate. Much like brass nameplates on a trophy or a plaque. There are no images of the person.

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