Similarities with the old USSR…

Advice regarding the war against photography:

So what should you do if you’re taking photos and a security guard or police officer approaches you and tells you to stop? First, be polite. Security people have tough jobs and probably mean well. Ask them what legal authority they have to make you stop. (If you’re in a public place, like a street, a park, etc., they have none; if you’re in a private place, such as a shopping mall, they may have a basis for banning pictures.) Krages advises those hassled by security guards to threaten to call law enforcement. If it’s an actual police officer who’s telling you to stop shooting, ask to speak to a superior. And remember–you never have a legal duty to delete pictures you’ve taken.

I can understand our fear of another terrorist attack. But this article reminds me too much of what I witnessed living in the Soviet Union 23 years ago.

About Barbara Dillon Hillas

Mother of global nomads; wife of diplomat; peripatetic lawyer; annotator of foreign service life, rule of law, culture, travel, & whatever strikes my fancy.
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4 Responses to Similarities with the old USSR…

  1. joe says:

    “You do that to my child, and I will make sure you DO delete the pictures. See you in court.”

    Screw court, the only pictures left will be of the photogs prostate.

    PS – I live a few miles from Ground Zero. And I am a firm believer in artistic freedom.

    But any jihadi or anarcho / lefty supporter I see taking pictures of subway entrances etc is either meeting the NYPD asap or can pick up his camera in pieces

    You don’t like it?


  2. Right after we went into Iraq in 2003 I happened to be involved with a group of Iraqis on a legal program, under tight security. A “Middle Eastern stranger” was outside my building, video taping the surroundings, and it worried me to no end. After calling security, police, etc., it turned out the young man,who had been in exile, was only taking videos/photos of our pretty location while waiting to be reunited with his brother, who was one of the Iraqis in my program. Do I regret the hassle he went through? No. Was I happy that he endured it with grace and was reunited with his brother? Yes.

  3. Oceander says:

    “And people have a right to their privacy — and to just be left alone.”

    With all due respect to the author, this statement is nonsense on stilts. The quick and the short of it is, if you value your privacy so much, then keep it private – by staying at home, or in a private location. If you’re sitting out in public, then you have, by definition, vountarily chosen to forgo your privacy.

  4. Lydia says:

    Shortly after 9/11, I was at the Pentagon Center Mall, and watched a Middle Eastern man take detailed video of the entire center court/food court. He filmed all the way around in a panorama, panned up all the way to the top of the third level and back down, and then filmed the elevators and escalators, and then all the exits. I reported it to the FBI and well as to mall security. It gave me the creeps. Aside from that, I think people have a right not to be photographed or filmed if they don’t want to be. The other thing that creeps me out is people who photograph or film children they don’t know. You do that to my child, and I will make sure you DO delete the pictures. See you in court. This is not the Soviet Union. And people have a right to their privacy — and to just be left alone.

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