>This is slightly old news now – had meant to put this on the blog a while back, but you know how it is. Anyway, this is on the NUJ site, and it’s stuff I think FITwatchers will want to know about.
The Met has been pressured into changing its guidelines on restricting photography (see previous FITwatch post), after they turned out to be, er, bullshit.
“The original guidelines issued in July had been attacked by the NUJ as “hugely misleading” for stating that under Section 43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 police and community support officers had the right to demand to see photographs held in mobile phones and digital cameras.
“To suggest that police have the power to see anyone’s photos is not just hugely misleading, it’s factually wrong”, said NUJ Legal Officer Roy Mincoff.
The revised guidelines clarify that officers can only inspect such photographs under section 43 if the photographer is actually suspected of being a terrorist, and that a court order may be needed to view journalistic materials, such as digital photographs or notebooks. See www.met.police.uk/about/photography.htm “
Also:”The Home Office have since issued a written circular detailing police powers under sections 43 and 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, following correspondence with NUJ General Secretary Jeremy Dear.
The new circular clarifies that neither section permits police officers to prohibit photography by either the press or members of the public: www.photo-terror.notlong.com“http://www.londonfreelance.org/fl/0909phot.html