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Restrictions on photography in England

In a letter sent by Jeremy Dear, Union secretary general in the UK, Dear expressed concerns over police surveillance of journalists, in particular photographers.

In response to that letter, British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says that while there “is no legal restriction on photography in public places” and that there “is no presumption of privacy for individuals in a public place”, Smith does say that local chief constables are allowed to restrict or monitor photography in their own jurisdictions based on individual circumstances.

Hopefully this won’t lead to abuse of power.

For more details check out the story at British Journal of Photography.

[Via Photography Bay]

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