Has someone uploaded a YouTube video containing your picture without your permission? This is precisely what we are going to discuss in this article. Recently, we received one case where our client’s pictures were used in a YouTube video without their permission. If you are in a similar situation, you can follow this process for requesting the removal of the concerned video. If you are a legal enthusiast, you should read our case summary for Tata Sky Ltd. v. YouTube LLC. In this case, Tata Sky sought removal of the videos that were explaining the process for hacking their set-top boxes.
Open the video that you wish to report. Click on the three dots alongside the Share and Save buttons.
As you click on the report, a pop-up will appear, as shown below. Select the Infringes my rights option. Then, from the dropdown, select Privacy issue. I have chosen these options as we are focusing on non-consensual content in this article.
Google will now redirect you to the YouTube privacy guidelines page. Scroll down this page and you will see a hyperlink called Privacy Complaint Process.
Click on Continue to start the Privacy Complaint Process.
Click on the I still wish to submit a privacy request button.
Now, YouTube will ask if you would like to contact the uploader. Before filing the privacy request, you can contact the uploader and request them to remove the video. If that does not work out, click on the Continue button.
In this step, you essentially flag the video and acknowledge that you have read the Community Guidelines.
In this step, you accept that if YouTube finds that you have abused the privacy process, it may result in account suspension.
Now, YouTube asks what is being revealed. Select the Your image or full name for image, audio, or video that uniquely identifies you. Select Other personal information for your address, email, identification number, financial information, credit card number, etc.
You should see the Submit a Privacy Complaint form. This form asks for the following information:
- Your legal first and last name
- Email address
- Channel URL
- Video URL
- Information you wish to report
- Video duration where your personal information appears
- Whether this content has been copied from your channel?
- Description about how appearance/actions differentiate you from others in the video
- Agree to these two statements:
- “I have a good faith belief that this content violates my privacy.”
- “I represent that the information in this notification is true and correct.”
Add these details and click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
Once you submit the form, you will see an acknowledgement for submitting your complaint.
On your email ID, you will also receive an auto-generated email from YouTube acknowledging your request. If your request is accepted, we have usually seen that YouTube will send an update in around 48 hours and remove the content. You should receive an email like this.
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