The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has some very interesting and useful information on your rights to photograph and videotape in public places. If you photograph in public or private locations I strongly suggest you read up on these. It’s important to know your rights in case you’re ever confronted and asked to stop taking pictures. Unfortunately this has become much more common since 9/11.
Here are a few major points to know.
- When you are in public you can photograph anyone or anything in plane view.
- When you are on private property your rights to photograph are determined by the property owner.
- Your camera and/or memory card cannot be confiscated unless there is a search warrant or you are being arrested.
- Police cannot delete your photos under any circumstances.
Get more information regarding photographers rights from the ACLU here: http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-photographers