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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 mostyle on 10/12/2011 6:52:18 AM , Rating: 2
I think the greater point here.. At least for me is this.

Why should there be policy in place in the first place that prevents a guy from taking a picture of his daughter in a public place?

Where do we draw the line? Do public parks start posting the signs as well? So if I suddenly want to take pics of, say, my girlfriend on a picnic will that be prohibited as a future point as well? It's the slippery slip that scares me here. Don't misunderstand my point. I grant that property owners should have the right to dictate what occurs on their property however I'm highlighting the why and how we got to this point that the need to mandate photography between willing individuals.

Had there been third parties in the photo I could see THEM declining to be photoed.

There was a time pre 9/11 where no one would have felt the need for that 'no photography' sign to be posted.

We have slowly and ever so continually foregoing our individual freedoms for the sake of 'safety' of the masses.

We got to this point because we allowed it.

Just one guy's opinion.


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