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Filming or Photographing in a Public Place

According to the Association of Chief Police Officers, “Police Officers may not prevent someone from taking a photograph or filming in public unless they suspect criminal or terrorist activity or the filming is in a prohibited place. Their powers are strictly regulated by the law and, once an image has been recorded the police have no power to delete it or confiscate it without a Court Order. This applies equally to members of the media seeking to record images, who do not need a permit to photograph or film in public places. 

Reprinted from Film and Video Maker June 2009 - from The Independent 6 January 2009.

It is worth noting that such places as shopping malls and parks are not public places. Also it might be offensive to photograph people, especially children without asking permission.

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