Get Off My Land
“Security guards have no right to prevent street photography,” says Home Office
More than a year after Home Secretary Theresa May launched a review of the UK’s counter-terrorims and security powers, a new set of guidelines have been published for security guards, who, in an increasing number of cases, have been accused of preventing professional photographers from working in public places.
The guidelines reaffirm that “the fact that an individual is taking a photograph does not in itself indicate hostile reconnaissance or other suspicious behaviour.” The Home Office adds that “the size and type of cameras are not, in themselves, indications of suspicious behaviour. Large cameras, lenses and tripods should therefore not be viewed as being more suspicious than other types of equipment.”More importantly, the guidelines say that “if an individual is in a public place photographing or filming a private building, security guards have no right to prevent the individual from taking photographs,” and that “security guards cannot delete images or seize cameras, nor can they obstruct individuals from taking photographs.”