It Is Illegal To Make Public A Screenshot Of A Private Chat – Lawyer Says

A lawyer has said that it is illegal to make public a screenshot of a private chat.

A Nigerian lawyer has touched on the illegality of sharing screenshots of private chats without the consent of the other party.

It Is Illegal To Make Public A Screenshot Of A Private Chat - Lawyer

In a video shared online, the lawyer stated that section 37 of the Nigerian constitution frowns at people sharing screenshots of their conversations with other persons without consent.

According to him, this is an act of violation against a person’s privacy.

“Do you know that unless somebody grants you his consent, you don’t have the right to screenshot your chats with any other person on your DM and post it on your timeline or Whatsapp status. In Nigeria, specifically in section 37 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that is a violation of the person’s right to privacy.

The one that is baffling is to see people screenshotting their last chat with a dead person and posting it on their timeline or Whatsapp status.

It is a violation of the law because if that person were to be alive, he may not be comfortable with you putting out his or her chat on a public platform.”

Chapter 4 Section 37 of the Nigerian constitution reads;

“National Protection The right to privacy is one ofnthe fundamental human rights entrenched in then Nigerian Constitution. Section 37 of the 1999nConstitution provides that: “The privacy of citizens,ntheir homes, correspondence, telephonenconversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.”


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