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[News] [SOT] Photographers Treated Like Criminals in the UK

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Manchester man arrested for alleged sewer-grate photography, held as a

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| Still think that if you're innocent, you have nothing to fear from 
| surveillance and control laws? Have a look at this news-video about Stephen 
| Clarke, a man who was accused to taking pictures of sewer-gratings in 
| Manchester and arrested. Though the police couldn't find any photos of 
| sewer-gratings on his phone (and even though "what a sewer grating looks 
| like" isn't a piece of specialized terrorist intelligence), he was held on 
| suspicion of planning an act of terror, imprisoned for two days while the 
| police searched his home, his phone and his computer.       


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everything it touches."

                --Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO


No Photo Ban in Subways, Yet an Arrest

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| Finished with his camera, Mr. Taylor, 30, was about to board the train when a
| police officer called to him. He stepped back from the train.
| “The cop wanted my ID, and I showed it to him,” Mr. Taylor said. “He told me
| I couldn’t take the pictures. I told him that’s not true, that the rules
| permitted it. He said I was wrong. I said, ‘I’m willing to bet your
| paycheck.’ ”
| Mr. Taylor was right. The officer was enforcing a nonexistent rule. And if
| recent experience is any guide, one paycheck won’t come close to covering
| what a wrongful arrest in this kind of case could cost the taxpayers.


Elderly woman prohibiting from photographing empty swimming pool "to prevent

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| An 82-year-old woman in Southampton, UK was told she couldn't take photos of
| an empty wading pool because she might be a paedophile. Because, you know,
| anything that children touch regularly becomes part of their souls, and if a
| paedophile looks at those objects, it's just like sexually assaulting a
| child.

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