Privacy of the Public: Every Photographer Must Know

A strange incident surfaced a few days ago where a lady refused to pay a valet for parking. The valet sat on the car’s bonnet while she drives away.
Bizarre or funny though it may appear, an onlooker who recorded the incident (and shared on social media) was arrested.
“Recording people without their knowledge and publishing their images on social media or on websites is a criminal offence in the UAE.” – Colonel Faisal Al Qasim.
The article goes on to add how shooting a photo or video could be interpreted as a ‘misuse of technology’, ‘breach of privacy’. ‘disclosing data’, etc.

In this Wikipedia article, Google Street View imagery were objected in many countries including India. It says “As of March 2018, the Indian Government has rejected Google Street View due to security concerns”. While this may refer to the official Street View car, it may also be applicable to Local Guides globally.

Insta360 cameras are excellent for uploading content to Street View app. The logic is to allow users to explore places, businesses, routes, etc without having to visit the location themselves.

Customers and enthusiasts are urged to follow the minimum basics of uploading content – blur faces and license plate numbers. Show respect to the privacy of an individual. If you’ve earned the Trusted Photographer badge, all your past work should be presented professionally. Read more about the Google policies here.

How about non STA media? If you’re shooting for your personal use or a client, make sure you have the permission of the person (or people) you are shooting. Explain where and how it would be used.

In a Netflix episode from Tales of Light, the photographer shoots certain slums of Bangladesh, with the ulterior motive of improving the living conditions of children there. While he may be UNESCO backed, portrait photography of kids may be sensitive in all parts of the world.

If you’re in a pub and use an Insta360 ONE X to capture your group (and probably post it on Facebook), as a panoramic camera, it captures a 360 image – which means the others in the pub are also being shown. Not everyone is aware of what such a device is capable of, and you may be violating their privacy inadvertently.
Think of the potential repercussions to them – an underage person sipping on a beer, being seen by his parents. A boyfriend seeing his girl two-timing or three-timing him, etc. You get the idea.

Summer vacation – everyone’s traveling and shooting pictures. Take some effort to edit/blur out others before posting it online. The same goes for shots of public places, zoos, religious establishments, shopping malls and more.

Apart from Insta360 Studio, there are editing softwares such as Adobe Premier Pro, Mac’s Final Cut Pro X, Snapseed and many others. Join the official Facebook Group where fellow photographers and the Insta360 tech support team keep discussing and sharing interesting topics. When you’re in doubt about anything – feel free to ask.

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