Ever wondered about the laws for taking photos of Police?

 If you ever wanted to photograph or film the police while out in public here is what you can do and what they can/ can not do in Canada! I found this very informative.

http://blog.privacylawyer.ca/2012/08/photographing-and-filming-police.html

The Ottawa Citizen has a very good editorial on the practice of police intimidation of citizens who use their cellphone cameras and other devices to record the police.

Here's a summary of what Canadians should know about this:

  • There is no law in Canada that prevents a member of the public from taking photographs or video in a public place (other than some limitations related to sensitive defense installations);
  • There is no law in Canada that prevents a member of the public from taking photographs or video of a police officer executing his or her duties in public or in a location lawfully controlled by the photographer (in fact, police officers have no privacy rights in public when executing their duties);
  • Preventing a person from taking photos or video is a prima facie infringement of a person's Charter rights;
  • You cannot interfere with a police officer's lawful execution of his or her duties, but taking photos or videos does not, in and of itself, constitute interference;
  • A police officer cannot take your phone or camera simply for recording him or her, as long as you were not obstructing;
  • These privileges are not reserved to media -- everyone has these rights;
  • A police officer cannot make you unlock your phone to show him or her your images; and
  • A police officer cannot make you delete any photos.  ( I got this from the Canadian Privacy Law Blog and wanted to share with everyone in Canada.)