Spotted on boingboing:
I was taking a photo of the market and a security guard came up and tried to take my camera away and delete the picture!” Apparently, this guy had invented a new Spitalfields policy prohibiting photography (some of the stalls have had this policy for a long time, including — hilariously — a stall that sells photos of Banksy graffiti) and was planning on enforcing it by taking away people’s property — without a warrant or badge, without any kind of posted signage.
Here in London, you get photographed upwards of 300 times a day, by every junior sneak, pecksniff, and petty CCTV operator who can afford a cheap little camera. The cameras often fail to help catch criminals, and they certainly don’t deter desperate muggers and junkies and stupid drunken kids. All the law seems to require by way of consumer protection is a sign saying, “You’re being filmed.”
You can be photographed again and again, but heaven help you if you take a picture back. Your person isn’t deserving of any serious privacy protection, but buildings, t-shirts, shop-windows, and market stalls are all entitled to unlimited protection from having their precious photons stolen.
Read the full post here
For an overview of photographers’ rights in the UK check out this document (.pdf download)!
And for more worrisome tales of photographers being targetted (by the cops principally) take a peek at One Eye on the Road.