01/27/11 158 W - + 6 - 6 Citizens Have a Reasonable Right to Photograph Federal Buildings

For those interested in the always-interesting issues surrounding public photography and rights therein, this New York Times blog entry talks today about an October settlement reached between the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security. The federal agency has pledged to inform its officers that people have a general right to take pictures outside their buildings.

Public photography is not a crime, but is has historically raised suspicions and perhaps more so in these terrorism-laden times. (Lots of folks have stories about "official" harassment in this regard. I recall a security guard at a subway stop in New York City telling me that photography of the tunnels was prohibited. That was some years ago.) Anyway, it's interesting reading, with links to other interesting reading. For general information, Google "photography and the law." Plenty that's out there.

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