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Police delete London tourists’ photos "to prevent terrorism"

Posted 24 April, 2009 in Random

Like most visitors to London, Klaus Matzka and his teenage son Loris took several photographs of some of the city’s sights, including the famous red double-decker buses. More unusually perhaps, they also took pictures of the Vauxhall bus station, which Matzka regards as "modern sculpture".

But the tourists have said they had to return home to Vienna without their holiday pictures after two policemen forced them to delete the photographs from their cameras in the name of preventing terrorism.

Continue reading at the Guardian

This is worth a read, it’s short and makes a number of good points [that you’d think are painfully obvious, but apparently still need to be made… over and over and over again].

Via GRINZ

Comments

Paul

Now’s a particularly important time to learn about file recovery. I can’t believe the police can be so stupid to do things like this. They are really taking away our civil liberties. I seriously doubt any terrorist attack has been avoided by not being able to take photos.

Nicolai Morrisson

That’s a really excellent point.

Ross Odom

I guess we have it pretty good in the U.S. Here the problem is a rather sizable population of bored and under-educated security guards. I usually just walk on, as they ask me to, but I’ve been reading up on the law in this matter. The next time I’m taking pictures on public property and a security guard tries to keep me from doing so, I’ll be the one to call the cops.

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