I got an email today notify that my company will take photos of all employees. The photo will be used for employee profile and is company's right to use it for promotional purposes.

I checked my employment agreement and see no section explicitly says that the company can use my photos (of course, taken by the company) for that purpose.

I don't like to have my photos being used without my explicit permissions, how would I state that to my employer?

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    We aren't lawyers, we can't offer legal advice. But chances are if its not in the contract then no.
    – user5305
    Apr 17, 2013 at 15:48
  • We cannot speak to legal issues, but if you object to your photo being used this way, you should perhaps approach HR and inquire about any sort of opt-out option regarding the promotional aspect. alternatively, ask them about supplying your own photo, which you will retain all rights as to its use.
    – acolyte
    Apr 17, 2013 at 16:43
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    If the question were rephrased to not have a focus on legalities, such as "I don't want my company to use photos of me for X purpose - how can I handle this?", I'd vote to reopen. Apr 17, 2013 at 19:02
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    Vimvq1987, I made a minor edit to remove the legal aspects (they are off topic as per the FAQ) - feel free to edit the question if this changes your intent too much (but keep in mind the FAQ).
    – enderland
    Apr 17, 2013 at 20:58
  • It helps if you say what country you're working in - although that would be about the legal aspects ;-)
    – user8036
    Apr 18, 2013 at 7:24

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I don't like to have my photos being used without my explicit permissions, how would I state that to my employer?

You go to your employer and say "I don't like having my photos used without my explicit permission." Most employers would then be happy to leave you out of such photos. At least most employers in my part of the world would.

  • You do not think there are any risks here... Especially since the OP said he has already signed an agreement that says it is ok for them to use the photos? Do you have any links to resources that the OP could use in VIETNAM if there are reprecussions or that show thier rights and protections? As it is this answer seems to be a dangerous assumption on your part that could cost the OP Their job if you are really wrong. Apr 18, 2013 at 20:45

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