Alert – Photographer Ordered to Delete Photos of Building

A photographer was questioned and ordered by security guards to delete her photos of the outside of a VA Hospital, as reported by the Post-Standard. She was standing on the sidewalk when taking the photos.

While taking photos inside a hospital can be restricted due to privacy laws (as regulated by HIPAA) and trespassing, there is no law against taking photos of the building from a public place. The photographer was taken to the security office and questioned. Depending on the facts and circumstances, this type of event could constitute false imprisonment.

At least the hospital spokesman admitted that forcing her to delete the photos was “inappropriate.” Duh.

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