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The UK's Crazy Photo Laws

Check out this article on BoingBoing about a man who was arrested for taking a photograph of a sewer grate under a new law in the UK that allows anyone to be arrested for taking photographs in public under suspicion of terrorism.

So the guy takes a picture (but he didn't take a picture, the police only thought he did) and is arrested, and he's put in a jail cell for 2 days.   During these two days police pretty much turn his home upside down as they search everything and anything for any suspicious materials that could possibly relate to any sort of crime.   All for just taking a picture with his camera phone, and they couldn't even find the picture that they thought he took, because he didn't take a picture.

I really don't know why photography in public places is such a big issue, especially in the UK.   I've had a few friends run into a few incidents even here in the US where they're harassed for taking photos in public places.   It doesn't make any sense.   The UK already has cameras everywhere, why is it against the law for the citizens to use their own?
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1. Samantha

That's ridiculous. How very sad. I worry those kind of laws will be passed in the USA.

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