Miriam College hits NTF-ELCAC for using photos of students without permission

Published May 12, 2021, 10:20 PM

by Gabriela Baron

Miriam College (MC) has hit the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for using photos of its minor students without permission.

Miriam College (Photo from MC’s website)

In an online forum facilitated by the NTF-ELCAC, a group photo of MC’s high school students was included in one of the agency’s presentations during the “Para sa Youth PH: The Relaunching” forum on January 29.

The video was uploaded on NTF-ELCAC’s official Facebook page with the caption: “Makakasama natin ang mga student leaders mula sa iba’t ibang unibersidad upang talakayin ang isyu sa Redtagging, DND-PUP Agreement, at Anti-Terror Act of 2020 (We will be joined by student leaders from different universities to discuss the issue on red-tagging, Department of National Defense-Polytechnic University of the Philippines Agreement, and Anti-Terror Act of 2020).”

(Screenshot from NTF-ELCAC’s Facebook page)

The College said the photo was grabbed from MC’s official website without permission.

Miriam College said the students in the photo represented the school in an international competition held at Yale University in 2019.

“In compliance with Data Privacy Act and Children’s Rights, our school sought permission from their parents/legal guardians to take and upload their photos on our school’s website because they are minors and are only completing high school education in Miriam College,” MC’s statement, released on Tuesday, May 11, read.

The College said it already sent a letter to the NTF-ELCAC asking it to immediately remove the photo of its students in the online forum it organized.

“We asked them to exercise caution and discretion in uploading photos on social media especially those that involve minors,” MC said.

“Miriam College, through its Center for Peace Education, is an institution that is seriously committed to promoting peace in our homes, schools, and communities. We advocate peace concepts and values and believe in peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation. These are all integrated into selected courses and curriculum to inspire our students to likewise become promoters of peace.”