Jul 272011
 
 July 27, 2011  Non-U.S.

Chris Cheesman reports that some UK police may have been a bit over the top in warning a photographer that he may have violated privacy laws:

An amateur photographer whose pictures of Government officials ‘destroying’ parakeet nests sparked police action, is unlikely to have breached UK data protection rules, the privacy watchdog has told Amateur Photographer (AP).

Hertfordshire Police has been forced to publicly apologise after officers warned bird enthusiast Simon Richardson that he faced being sued for breach of privacy if his pictures were published in the press.

However, it is far from clear which law the officers were referring to, and why they were called in the first place, as he was reportedly taking pictures of a neighbour’s garden in Borehamwood from a public street.

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