"From today, anyone taking a photograph of a police officer could be deemed to have committed a criminal offence."

Submitted by Corona Smith on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 23:16

This is not illegal - but the same picture taken today would be?

Picture of Mobile Police Station, Church Street Liverpool, December 2008. John O'Shea

(From the BBC - 17-2-2009)

"From today, anyone taking a photograph of a police officer could be deemed to have committed a criminal offence.

That is because of a new law - Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act - which has come into force.

It permits the arrest of anyone found "eliciting, publishing or communicating information" relating to members of the armed forces, intelligence services and police officers, which is "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism"."

Facebook Climbs Down...

Due to a large back lash by users (mass FB suicide loomed) against FB's new Terms of Service, and more pressingly the legal implications, Facebook have returned to their previous terms of service.

The new TOS basically allowed Facebook to store, licence and sell user generated content for all eternity or something.

Under the previous terms of service, once a person leaves the network their content goes with them.

We are perhaps in some small way seeing an example of Wiki activism actually making an impression.

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