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The photo that Chris White took of his daughter Hazel in the Braehead shopping center  (Source: BBC News)
UK citizen Chris White took his daughter, Hazel, to the Braehead shopping center near Glasgow on Friday and ran into trouble when photographing her within the mall

The U.S. has had its share of photo-related issues when police officers were arresting citizens for videotaping or photographing them while on duty. But a recent incident in the UK took the prohibition of photography to an entirely new level when a citizen was told he was not allowed to photograph his own daughter.

UK citizen Chris White took his daughter to the Braehead shopping center near Glasgow on Friday and ran into trouble when photographing her within the mall.

According to White, he had photographed his daughter eating an ice cream while "looking cute on the back of a Vespa seat at an ice cream bar." He had uploaded the photos to Facebook.

White was then approached by a security guard, who told him to delete the photos he had taken. The security guard also mentioned that there were signs within the establishment saying that photographs were not allowed. Apparently, employees at the ice cream bar had told security that they were suspicious of White for taking pictures at their counter, and had thought that he was also taking pictures of them.

White told the security guard that he had already sent the two photos to Facebook, and that's when the police were called. They took White's information and noted that they could take the mobile phone as well under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. White was then allowed to leave.

A spokesman for the Braehead shopping center assured that the police were polite about dealing with the situation, and that the matter was handled correctly.

"Our priority is always to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our shoppers and retailers," said the Braehead spokesman. "The member of our security staff acted in good faith. We have a 'no photography' policy in the centre to protect the privacy of staff and shoppers and to have a legitimate opportunity to challenge suspicious behavior if required. However, it is not our intention to -- and we do not -- stop innocent family members taking pictures."

Superintendent George Nedley, of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde division, said a "full review" has been launched in regards to a complaint regarding White's photography incident.

Source: BBC News

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RE: misunderstanding
By Solandri on 10/11/2011 2:52:02 PM , Rating: 4
The arrest was made based on violation of existing laws, including the laws permitting the mall to forbid photography.

Just a clarification. You cannot be arrested for photographing on someone else's private property. They most they can do is ask you to stop taking pictures or leave, and escort you off their property.

If you refuse to leave and they call police, you can be arrested for trespassing, but that has nothing to do with photography.

They (the property owners) cannot confiscate your camera either. That would be theft. Just because I came invited onto your property and you decided to kick me out, does not mean you're free to take stuff that belongs to me. If the police have reason to believe my property was used as part of a crime, then they can confiscate it. But never the property owners. (This has been an issue with people using phones in movie theaters. The easy fix would seem be to take the phone away until the movie is over. But the legal recourse is to boot the talker out of the theater.)

And most malls prohibit photography so you won't take pictures of their prices to comparison shop, or (if you own a store) so you can set your prices to beat theirs.

RE: misunderstanding
By BuckinBottoms on 10/11/2011 3:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
This is true. They cannot take your property. They can and should have placed a lawsuit against the individual and legally proved that he violated the terms and conditions for entering the private property of this company which clearly posts no photo signs. Then the legal system would enforce the removal of the offending photos.

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser

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