Yesterday’s confrontation with the security guard at Bank left me feeling increasingly annoyed and I started wondering if he really had authority over me to remove my pictures. I wouldn’t have given him my shoes if he had told me that I HAD to, so why did I delete the pictures?
I have been reading up a little bit on the rights of a photographer; of course its a complex issue and one that seems to be ever changing. With the removal of section 44, police seem to be applying anti-terrorism laws instead and we definitely need to read a lot to uncover the current truth. However, I have learned two important things…
“Security guards do not have stop and search powers or the right to seize your equipment or delete images or confiscate film under any circumstances. In some circumstances, the police may grab your film or memory cards but they are still not authorised to delete any images.”
And secondly, if you DO have to delete pictures, you can get them back using recovery software freely available on the web provided you follow a few precautionary steps with your card.
I am not at all argumentative or confrontational as a person, this is only an attempt to understand enough to stand up for myself should a similar thing happen again. If anyone has any advice or thoughts, do feel free to comment below. Sorry this has become rather a wordy post…!