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You may or may not be aware that earlier this month, it became illegal to photograph or video a police officer or soldier if the resulting images are "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

Read that carefully.

It doesn't suggest that the photographer has to have the intent of committing a terrorist act. Just that the photos are likely to be useful to someone who is. So if I take a photograph of a police officer, and then my camera is stolen by a terrorist, and they then use the photo to identify a member of Her Majesty's Constabulary, I could be liable for prosecution. It also doesn't matter if they're serving or retired; in uniform or in plain clothes.

[livejournal.com profile] severe_delays has some interesting thoughts on the matter.

I particularly like the thought raised in the comments that any shop that has CCTV will now, for the sake of their own legal well being, have to ban all police officers, soldiers or members of the intelligence services from any areas covered by CCTV.

Oh - and expect mass arrests at the next Changing of the Guard. All those tourists? Potentially aiding terrorists.

Sheesh.
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