Photographer Fined For Taking Photograph of Woman In Public in Scotland
This event shows how the "expectation of privacy" can differ by country. Compare the case reported in my September 18, 2008, blog for a completely different outcome when photographing someone even on private property in the U.S.
Generally, it is not an invasion of privacy in the U.S. to take a person's photograph in a public place. However, even when people are in a public place in the U.S., they may still have an expectation of privacy, such as when a woman was photographed when her dress had blown up in a "fun house" at a country fair (Daily Times Democrat v. Graham, 162 So. 2d 474 (Supreme Court of Alabama, 1964)).
The lesson here is that it's always best to learn the customs and laws of countries where you photograph.
Thanks to Colin McDonald for submitting this topic.