Lady taking photos at the park - concerned

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supasoup Sun 25-Jul-21 16:06:05

Yesterday at the park me and my ds was just leaving when a lady stood and took a picture of a little boy on his bike. I thought they were together but then the Lady thanked the mother of the child and walked away.

I smiled at the lady with the child and she asked me if that lady asked for a picture of my ds. I said no and laughed. Apparently the lady had spent the last 30 minutes walking round taking random pictures of children some from a distance some close up. No one questioned her.

Now I'm worried that she has pictures of my ds and many others without any consent.

What can I do about it?
Now I'm worried!

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Ohdeariedear Sun 25-Jul-21 16:07:32

You can’t do anything about it now. All you can do is be aware in future and challenge anyone that’s making you uncomfortable.

WeatheringStorms22 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:09:18

And if she does? What are you worried about?

Farwest Sun 25-Jul-21 16:09:31

It is perfectly legal to take photos of children in public without parental consent. There is no expectation of privacy in a local playground.

FreeSpirits Sun 25-Jul-21 16:10:21

So a random woman in the park asked a mother if she could take a photo of her child and this mother said yes?
How bizarre

Mintjulia Sun 25-Jul-21 16:10:47

What are you worried is going to happen as a result?
She may be a photographic student or someone doing an art project. Maybe photos for a commercial brochure. Photos from a distance are unlikely to be identifiable. She had obviously asked the other mum's permission for a close up.

Figgygal Sun 25-Jul-21 16:11:32

What exactly do you think you can do about it now?
No point thinking about it now if you see her again maybe ask her what she’s doing?

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Cam2020 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:12:36

She may be a photographic student or someone doing an art project. Maybe photos for a commercial brochure. Photos from a distance are unlikely to be identifiable.

My first thought was that she must be a photographer if some description!

Feather12 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:12:38

Farwest

It is perfectly legal to take photos of children in public without parental consent. There is no expectation of privacy in a local playground.

This.
What is worrying you op?

littleducks Sun 25-Jul-21 16:13:08

Are you worried about?

If she was being open and saying thank you etc it hardly sounds suspicious. If there was a dodgy motive I would expect there to be some subtefuge

Starjammer Sun 25-Jul-21 16:15:03

There's nothing you can do. It's perfectly legal for people to take photos in a public place and you have no legal reasons to ask them to stop or to see them unless they are indecent.

It sounds like the photographer had asked that mother if it was okay anyway? You wouldn't thank someone if you were taking a random photo from a distance without them knowing?

gardeninggirl68 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:16:43

what are you worried about though?

supasoup Sun 25-Jul-21 16:18:16

I'm worried that she has photos of my ds!
Why would I be happy about that?

If I said a man was doing this I bet you would all be more concerned.

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scrambledcustard Sun 25-Jul-21 16:19:26

I would be uncomfortable with that too. I wouldn't want my children images uploaded to in the internet or even for someones private consumption.

Its odd she didn't tell the mother what they were for.

happydays2345 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:19:52

Farwest

It is perfectly legal to take photos of children in public without parental consent. There is no expectation of privacy in a local playground.


Incorrect. Children have a legal expectation of privacy even in public spaces.

happydays2345 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:20:25

However this lady was asking permission. She was granted it. What exactly are you afraid of?

supasoup Sun 25-Jul-21 16:20:41

scrambledcustard

I would be uncomfortable with that too. I wouldn't want my children images uploaded to in the internet or even for someones private consumption.

Its odd she didn't tell the mother what they were for.


Exactly my point!

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ArchbishopOfBanterbury Sun 25-Jul-21 16:22:01

I'd be nervous about someone hiding and sneaking pictures, but openly and publicly, no, anyone can take pictures in public without asking permission. I'd assume she was a photography student or someone promoting parks or excercise.

LubaLuca Sun 25-Jul-21 16:22:20

There was obviously some communication/permission discussed between the photographer and the other mother, so she wasn't exactly being sneaky. It doesn't sound worrying to me. Even if she did get a snap of your child, what harm could it do?

HopeYourHighHorseBucks Sun 25-Jul-21 16:22:58

It would have been better if someone asked at the time why she wanted it. Photographer/journalist for local newspaper is my guess.

And yes if it were a man I would think there is a slight possibility he was a creep. So would apply the same to the woman. Not much you can do now though but can understand you feeling uneasy.

supasoup Sun 25-Jul-21 16:24:27

For all I know she could be taking the pictures for someone else for god knows what reasons. Possibly me thinking the worst, but still possible!

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SleepingStandingUp Sun 25-Jul-21 16:24:50

Its unclear whether the woman was suggesting the photographer was taking photos with or without permission?

Starjammer Sun 25-Jul-21 16:25:05

Incorrect. Children have a legal expectation of privacy even in public spaces.

No. Not when it comes to photos in the UK.

https://www.blpawards.org/competition/photo-rights

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/taking-photographs-in-public-places/

korawick12345 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:26:52

Shit OP you are right! I think there may have even been some strangers at the park who saw your child as well. Best not go out in future lest anyone cast their eyes upon him!

Hallyup6 Sun 25-Jul-21 16:28:12

Loads of people will have a photo of your child. She had consent to take a close up of the other child. Maybe a bit weird, but you're unnecessarily over reacting. What exactly do you think she is going to do with a photo taken from a distance?

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