Hello and thank you for your question, which I will be happy to assist you with. It won't be easy to take these down and prevent your employer from using them. The copyright in the videos would belong to their creator. If you were aware that you were being filmed and did not object to it at the time you would have implied your consent to being included in them. You do not have image rights in the UK unless you have some image to protect, such as being a celebrity or similar. The best option is to try and claim that the video contains personal data in the form of your face, but that would only work if you are easily identifiable. Even then, it is not a great argument with guaranteed prospects of success. So unfortunately there is no guaranteed way of taking these videos down and no organization to enforce that.
I have quite a unique face due to a facial scar, I work as an account manager within the same sector and it is important for my professional image not to be associated with this company any more, especially as they have headed in the wrong direction and it is a very smaller sector, when the video was created I was pressured into doing it, I had already found a new job somewhere else, additional I have had an employment tribunal with them since then which the chose to settle out of court. I never realised they would release the video onto you tube either it was meant to be a small thing.
I need to do something, what is my next step?
well you can send a final letter stating that you believe your image amounts to personal data under the Data Protection Act because you are readily identifiable from it and as such you request that the whole video, or at least parts that you appear in are removed. Give them a deadline within which to comply and state that if they do not you will have to report this to the Information Commissioners Office. You may report therm but am unsure whether they will actually do anything about this
It's a start, thank you.
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