Monday, 19 March 2012

Legal point

It might be thought that the photographer who took the picture in that last post might well have been himself the subject of police attention. We have all read stories of the police trying to stop pictures and film being taken by members of the public, quoting the “prevention of terrorism” act to justify their actions.

However if you do choose to take pictures of the boys in blue the legal position is quite clear.

If police use Section 44 of the Terrorism Act they are entitled to view any images you have taken but they are NOT allowed to delete them. They can only do so with a court order.
* Under Section 58a of the Terrorism Act, police are only allowed to stop a photographer taking pictures of officers if they reasonably suspect the photos are intended to be used in connection with terrorism.

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