the law

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simonphw
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can anybody give me some information regarding the law on filming people wihtout there knowledge.its nothing dodgy but someone has asked me because they need to film someone secretly.( i wont go into the details)is it legal ? is it allowed ? where would be a good place to look for further information ? thanks for any advice and help

alan wells
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I have recently been informed that under new EU regulations, I must register my CCTV system in the shop under the Data Protection Act at a cost of about £35.

If it applies to me, it should apply to anyone who might distribute film of people without their permission. (I would only be distributing it to the police so that they could catch the shoplifters, some hope! More likely, they would take my tape to use in their videos at home so that they could tape "The Bill")

If only there was a UKIP candidate in our constituency.

Alan Wells

Charles
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There was a program on BBC recently aboutPrivate Investigators using camcorders in the course of there work,filming people of work with a bad back etc,working.The subject was nearly always masked in some way.
Regards
Charles

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Dave Currie
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Simon,

Take a look at:
www.filmoffice.co.uk/guidelines

You might find what you're looking for there!

Dave

As an ex-journalist I would suggest you ARE breaking the law by covert filming - unless you can prove to a court that it was in the Public's interest - and that's a VERY hard thing to prove!

People in videos are masked out for many reasons...ranging from privacy to potential 'deformation of character' by association...or, maybe, simply the fact that they didn't want to sign a release form for a show like Trigger Happy TV!

[This message has been edited by Dave Currie (edited 07 June 2001).]

simonphw
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cheers
the [url="http://www.filmoffice.co.uk/guidelines[/URL]"]www.filmoffice.co.uk/guidelines[/URL][/url] was very interesting i shall take a longer look at it.

Chirpy
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Bob C,

It would be beneficial to all of us if all these 'legal type' url's were kept together somewhere.

You could also include this one re copyrights:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/info/editorial/prodgl/chapter40.shtml

...and this one which Tom posted on another thread re. which countries use PAL, NTSC or SECAM:
http://www.3dresearch.com/video/Countries2.html

Cheers,

Chirpy.

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