Time to shelve your camera??? What will our overpowering, non-participative Governments come up with next?
Are they justifying their positions in those haughty halls by implementing bill after bill, law after law with their usual disdain for incorporating those affected by such laws?
Enough already! How are you going to take a photo of your loved ones below the Eiffel tower without capturing a complete stranger at the same time!
Although published in 2007, this debate continues today, as it should.
Below a quote from this worrying article called “UK Gov nationalises orphans and bans non-consensual photography in public” from the folks over at Copyright Action:
The ICO code : put that camera away, my face is private
Not content with abrogating photographers’ copyright, another part of Government is now going some way to ban photography altogether in public places, for data protection reasons. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) proposed new code for personal information online has “commonsense” new rules that in effect will prohibit photography in public places where anyone who’s in the photograph might be unhappy about being photographed. A photo, taken in public, is now deemed private data, y’see. CCTV, full body scans at airports, no problem, but if an ordinary person takes a photo, this Kafkasesque notion of privacy in public will apply. Unless it’s on film. You’d probably be OK taking photos of someone committing a criminal offence too, as ICO thinks this shouldn’t be private information.