News for photographers

This just in via FitWatch, the Met have updated their guidelines for stopping and searching terrorists photographers, to clarify that they can only see your photographs if they suspect you of being a terrorist and also that they have no right to delete digital photographs or destroy film. They actually state that twice, with regards to two different sections. There is also a Home office circular giving clarification. The hesdline of which is: Important: Section 43 does not prohibit the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place and members of the public and the press should … Continue reading

Data retention starts today

For those of you that may not have been paying attention the EU directive on data retention comes into force today. This means that from today your ISP will be required by law (The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009) to retain data regarding your use of “internet access, internet e-mail or internet telephony” for a year and make it available to the government on request. Technically the regulations use the wonderfully imprecise phrase: (a) in specific cases, and (b) in circumstances in which disclosure of the data is permitted or required by law. so I think on request is … Continue reading