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Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

Does anyone know whether the recent GPDR regulations have any impact on our rights in the UK to take photos from public places which include images of people?

I've had a poke around on the web and found a mixture of ambiguous, unclear, conflicting and seemingly uninformed/ authoritative sources.
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

GDPR only really applies if you're holding databases with people's personal details in them. It's targeted at business, not individuals. I really don't think GDPR has an impact on private photographers.

A bigger impact on photography IMHO is the burgeoning movement of what we think of as public spaces into private hands with the likely heavy curtailing of our right to do things in those places (including taking photographs).
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

It might make it harder to publish the photographs you do take.
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

There's a lot of attempted income generation and anxiety marketing going on about this at the moment, not surprisingly. However, the sky is not going to fall in.

To clear away some of the guff I thought this article was very sensible and clear: it's aimed at small commercial photography businesses, but it also has relevance for anyone photographing people where they'd like (some) clarity about how they could use the images, and I suspect anyone with a small business of any type might find it worth dipping in to.

I found it particularly useful at clarifying which areas remain unclear (so we're just going to have to wait to see what happens) while recommending what seem to be sensible ways to get on with one's work and 'art' in the meantime:

https://togsinbusiness.com/gdpr-photographers/#storing
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

All it's done for me is to vastly increase the amount of unwanted e-mail I get asking me to give the sender permission to e-mail me!
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

It will only make a difference until they find ways around it, cold calling on the phone was supposed to stop, my wife now gets calls that ask can we speak to Mr xyxz// if she bothers to say there is no one here of that name they go on to say sorry about that but while we have you on the phone-------
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

If you're still getting cold calls get a call-blocking phone. My BT8500 is the best thing I've bought in years as I used to get upwards of half a dozen a day. The silence is blissful!
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

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If you're still getting cold calls get a call-blocking phone. My BT8500 is the best thing I've bought in years as I used to get upwards of half a dozen a day. The silence is blissful!

We only have the mobile which we could block unknown numbers on and withheld numbers,but we do get calls we want from uknown numbers sometimes and with heldheld numbers.
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

I keep my mobile number under wraps as far as possible. I've only ever had one spam call on it, and I subsequently blocked the number. Having once had a business at home though my landline number is all over the place!
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

A friend of mine is something of a geek and posted the transcript of a new cold-call script...

"Do you need some help with GDPR? I've got the contact details of a really great GDPR consultant. Unfortunately I can't give them too you"

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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

Oh, very droll

The main use of good articles like the one I linked to is so you can pass on a link to all those passive-aggressive do-gooder types who fill out charity, camera club and public sector committees, and keep slowing down business by piping up about how we need to do x, y and z to satisfy GDPR.

So far, on every count, we haven't.
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Re: Data Protection (GPDR) - does it reduce our rights?

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All it's done for me is to vastly increase the amount of unwanted e-mail I get asking me to give the sender permission to e-mail me!
Yes I've had loads of those, strangely many of the UK ones after the legislation came into effect, and now being repeated on a daily basis...
It doesn't seem to have made any difference to the real spam.
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