Should employers get permission from employees before posting pictures of them on the company website or social media accounts?
Yes, we recommend obtaining written consent from employees before posting pictures of them on company websites or social media.
In today’s age of social media, many or most of a company’s employees may already have their photos posted on the internet. Privacy legislation still requires an employer to seek consent, however, before posting photos of employees online.
Using someone's picture without their consent could violate their right to privacy cause a compliance problem for your organization. Some employees may have reasons for not wanting the public to know where they work (for example, if they are the victim of stalking), or they simply may not feel comfortable having an image of their face published online.
When obtaining consent from your employees, let them know how you intend to use photos of them and that they should sign the authorization only if they feel comfortable doing so. Although the most employees probably will not object to having their photo on a company website, human resources should still have them fill out and sign out a consent form before posting employee photos online.