Lately, most nightclubs, from Nairobi to Kisumu to Mombasa, have been hiring professional photographers whose core business is to take photos of revelers having a good time for the sake of later publication on the club’s respective social media profiles.
The main purpose of nightclub photography is to boost the club’s visibility online, sell the club’s agenda, attract clientele, act as the club’s activity archive and basically fill up the club’s social media timeline.
But as the trend continues to gather steam and more and more nightclubs continue to plaster their social media accounts with the previous night’s club activity, more revelers are starting to feel jittery about the whole situation. Many more club-goers are now going online to express their displeasure with having their photos paraded on either Facebook or Instagram for the whole world to gawk at.
More and more men, especially married men (and women, though not as much) leading private lives, have expressed their displeasure with having their photos taken in the clubs they patronise and then published on social media the following day.
“Article 31 of the Constitution protects the rights of an individual to his or her privacy, and Article 31(c) protects an individual’s information relating to family or private affairs unnecessarily required or revealed, so a club has no right to post your photos on social media without your consent, not unless, of course, you can clearly be seen to have posed for the photos, both you and your partner or the club management can prove without reasonable doubt that you asked to be photographed yourself.