Photo Attorney

Jan 9, 2009

Photography Not Allowed - 22 (U.K.)

The Independent reports that Reuben Powell, a London artist, recently ended up searched, handcuffed, and in a cell after photographing a building near a police station. But, according a spokeswoman for the Association of Chief Police Officers, the U.K. law provides:
"Police officers may not prevent someone from taking a photograph in public unless they suspect criminal or terrorist intent. Their powers are strictly regulated by law and once an image has been recorded, the police have no power to delete or confiscate it without a court order. This applies equally to members of the media seeking to record images, who do not need a permit to photograph or film in public places."

Thanks to Colin McDonald for submitting this alert.