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Is it rude to photograph someone in public without asking their permission?

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SharpenedSavage USA
12/23/15 5:17 pm

Why would it be rude... We do it to celebrity's and famous people... Now you're sensitive about some nut taking your picture posting it on his wall and rubbing one out??

rumandjew iowa
12/19/15 8:36 pm

You have no right to privacy in public and deserve none.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/18/15 5:14 pm

Photo of Individual is creepy but crowd is fine. When our boys were young some strange older guy wanted to photograph them for his collection.

cowboy Doors of Perception
12/17/15 8:24 am

How else would we be able to laugh at the people of Walmart?

TheCameron UCF
12/16/15 9:16 pm

Sure, but it's completely legal.

Shreveport New York
12/16/15 7:57 pm

Is it rude? Absolutely. Is it legal? Absolutely.

MysticBoltz Florida
12/16/15 12:25 pm

Cameras are meant for taking pictures, particularly of people (also anything else, but seriously)

kanji401 SoCal
12/16/15 1:03 am

It depends on the circumstances.

12/16/15 12:36 am

If the location is public it's legal. As for rude, depends on the context. Street photography is a type of art for some photographers. However, in situations where the photo may be published/sold or a minor is depicted permission should be obtained.

12/15/15 11:39 pm

Nice to see that we are still a sane society.

12/15/15 9:24 pm

If the focus is on them, it probably a legal issue. A crowd or group shot may be a different matter.

weallhave1 Tennessee
12/15/15 9:06 pm

No right to privacy in public. We are all video recorded several times a day, often without realizing or thinking about it.

12/16/15 12:40 am

I think that by law if you are recorded by audio or video you are supposed to be notified. They have to disclose this whether by a sign posted or a notice that a call may be recorded.

weallhave1 Tennessee
12/16/15 7:05 am

Some states are "2 party" states and require notice and some are not. Federal law does not, unless it's over the phone. Commercial use is different. That requires a release before broadcast. But "live news" is exempted from that, apparently.

garrry Anchorite
12/15/15 6:22 pm

Specifically of them yes. But if it's a general picture of scenery or the public as a whole it's fair game.

12/15/15 5:05 pm

But to post people's photos on Facebook or anywhere online for that matter you should ask first.

12/15/15 4:00 pm

Rude but not illegal

rduguay185 Maine
12/15/15 3:51 pm

I would say that it depends on what the picture is

rduguay185 Maine
12/15/15 3:51 pm

I would say that it depends on what the picture is

Captainbstring Biden is a Clown
12/15/15 2:57 pm

No. It is not rude. If you are in a common public area you cannot have any expectation of privacy. If you really don't want your picture taken then don't go out in public. 🤗😵👽

12/15/15 3:16 pm

I disagree I think that it is weird to just photograph a person it's not rude, just a little weird if u don't know them some stranger could just post pics of you on social sites

Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/15/15 2:44 pm

No, hence the term "in public". It is rude to be disruptive, intimidating, or in their face, but simply taking a picture (as security cameras, GoPros, and body and dash cams are always on and doing anyway) is not rude at all.

catpillow Florida West Coast
12/15/15 2:42 pm

If the picture is of a scene and they just happen to be part of the scene, no. If it's a picture specifically of them, yes.

centexken Republic of Texas
12/15/15 2:23 pm

No, it's not rude. How could we have the people of Wal-Mart site if you had to ask permission?

12/15/15 1:53 pm

I think, as others have said, the context is quite important. If you are taking a picture and a person or people happen to be in the shot, then I'd say no. But if you making a single person (or specific group of people) the focus of your picture and they don't want to be, then yes, I'd say it's rude. Completely legal, but rude.

TheSocialist INTJ
12/15/15 12:28 pm

Unless they are doing something that needs photographing. Or if they are part of a large group/in the background.

JHawk3205 MD
12/15/15 12:24 pm

Wow, I guess nobody's ever heard of street photography.. Is it rude then to simply look at someone in public?

DeathSheep Michigan
12/15/15 11:48 am

Depends. Are you all up in their business? Yes. If you are just taking a photo that has a person in it or they become the subject of a full picture? No.

mgb357a home
12/15/15 11:38 am

Crowd shots .. Yes

Happy Hong Kong
12/15/15 11:19 am

No, street photography isn't rude.

12/15/15 10:59 am

I take pictures of people all the time in public and posted on Facebook but I never get their face or I blurt out before I post it. And I never take pictures of children and post.

osouless Whats Next
12/15/15 10:45 am

Yes and no. If it's of them (as in you're photoing them exclusively) yes it is. However if you happen to capture someone while getting something else it's not.

maltz earth
12/15/15 10:44 am

No, I do it all the time when I'm traveling. It's never demeaning, it's always done in good taste. The purpose is to capture life.

Liberty 4,032,064
12/15/15 10:23 am

Extremely so.

Congressman Louisiana
12/15/15 12:29 pm

That's an extreme word to use. I'd love to candidly take your photo one day.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
12/15/15 9:57 am

No, I dont think it's inherently rude to take someone's picture in public. If you walk up right in front of someone's face and snap their picture, then it might be rude.

mikeyDe Marine Corps
12/15/15 9:33 am

There is pretty much nowhere on earth anymore where every person is not carrying a hi def camera phone. Better get used to it. Who gives a fuq I say. You want my picture, take it.

ArceusBlitz Left wing Libertarian
12/15/15 9:15 am

I'm a photographer and I take pics of people all the time. They don't seem to mind

lovesquirt Hawkeyes
12/15/15 9:11 am

Not if they work for the government.

tdaddy Kentucky
12/15/15 8:40 am

Today I bet they'd ask if they could keep your memory card (simply because there are so many free undelete programs online).

ZaQ777 Pittsburgh
12/15/15 8:38 am

It depends why you're photographing that person and what you intend to do with the picture.

badattitude no place like home
12/15/15 8:36 am

No permission required in public. People have no expectations of privacy while in public. Watch what you do and what you wear. People are watching.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
12/15/15 8:51 am

Really? I'll glance at that someone who decides to wear short shorts to Walmart when it's 20 degrees out, but I'm not going to snap a picture. "Mind your own business" are words to live by.

badattitude no place like home
12/15/15 9:01 am

Lol. Yes. Well it's pretty creepy, but people really think that they have a right to not have their picture taken in public. Cops for instance.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
12/15/15 9:29 am

I can see taking pictures of cops, because they work for me (ie: I pay their salary thru taxes), but other citizens who I have no connection whatsoever? I guess I'd keep it to myself, unless I see something malicious happening.

12/15/15 10:35 am

The poll isn't about who has the rights to get or not get their picture taken at any time while in public. It's asking if it's rude.

badattitude no place like home
12/15/15 10:37 am

Oh. Sorry. Ok. It's rude. But you can't stop them. You're in public.

badattitude no place like home
12/15/15 10:39 am

Spirit, how about Walmartians. That's always funny.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
12/15/15 11:43 am

Funny, yes. Sometimes downright hilarious. But I just shake my head and go about my business, not take the time to snap a photo, then post it just to stroke my ego and gain "likes" at the expense of someone else, no matter how weird they look.

badattitude no place like home
12/15/15 11:45 am

I'm glad someone takes pictures of them. Anyone that goes out in public like that needs to be put on blast.

tdaddy Kentucky
12/15/15 8:35 am

Yes! At least that was my experience (over a decade ago) when I got my first digital camera. I was showing the camera to a cashier, then I took her picture. She did not look pleased and I realized right away that I should have asked permission. I apologized and told her I could delete it and she favored my offer. I even showed her I deleted it afterward.

Happy Hong Kong
12/15/15 11:25 am

She's selling cameras but she doesn't like being photographed? Sounds like she was in the wrong job.

I bought a new camera a few weeks ago and the person selling it to me wanted me to take their photo (several times) so I could have the experience of using the camera.

bnnt Los Angeles
12/15/15 8:33 am

If they're the primary person on the picture, then yes.
If they're in a crowd, no.

cpaswr just say the letters
12/15/15 8:27 am

In my opinion, as long as the people are in the background of a pic and not the main focus of the pic, you don't need their permission to take their pictures.

hbpole FoCo
12/15/15 8:26 am

Depends on the context, photographer capturing moments for artistic reasons, why not? People doing it to be jerks or someone continuing to photograph someone that's asked for them not to, that's wrong.

AnnabethWillis mississippian 4 trump
12/15/15 7:59 am

if you dont like it then get out the shot

Spiritof76 USA 1776
12/15/15 7:51 am

Yes. But I guess in today's day and age, everyone wants to be facebook/youtube famous. "Hey, look at that ugly fat guy chowing down at McDonalds" *snaps pic, posts on facebook, pic goes "viral", man's future ruined*

teachinla California
12/15/15 7:45 am

Not when it's casually, or at a distance.

Rosebud Ohio
12/15/15 7:36 am

It would depend on the purpose of the shot. For photography, capturing a moment, they're not the main subject or wanting to share a moment with family and friends it's not.

To mock them or if they ask you not to, it is rude.

12/15/15 7:31 am

I don't think so. It's art. If they knew you wouldn't necessarily be capturing the moment

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
12/15/15 7:30 am

Yes. That person might have legitimate religious or moral objections to having their picture taken.