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Its now legal again to take photo's in public places (sort of)

pierre_pierre
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Its now legal again to take photo's in public places (sort of)

responce to petition to No 10  http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20750
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Reasonable excuse under section 58A
It is a statutory defence for a person to prove that they had a reasonable excuse for eliciting, publishing or communicating the relevant information. Legitimate journalistic activity (such as covering a demonstration for a newspaper) is likely to constitute such an excuse. Similarly, an innocent tourist or other sight-seer taking a photograph of a police officer is likely to have a reasonable excuse.
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Re: Its now legal again to take photo's in public places (sort of)

There is also this line in there...
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Contrary to some media and public misconception, section 58A does not make it illegal to photograph a police officer, military personnel or member of the intelligence services.
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pierre_pierre
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Re: Its now legal again to take photo's in public places (sort of)

but some members of the Constbulary think it does, I had one approach me standing on private property, taking a picture of a car park across a dual carriageway, thought he could stop me!"£$%
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Re: Its now legal again to take photo's in public places (sort of)

Bournemouth Echo
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A photographer was stunned to be told he couldn’t take pictures on Sandbanks beach without a permit.
Steve Cook was in the middle of a charity shoot for Help for Heroes on Monday morning when he was stopped.
A beach warden insisted that commercial photography on the beach was prohibited by a Borough of Poole bylaw, unless you had the correct permit.
The council has now admitted that was an error – but insists commercial and professional photographers must seek permission.