European Data Protection Digest

ICO Clarifies Legality of Photography

PRIVACY LAW—UK

December 10, 2010

With the holiday season in full swing, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is reminding parents and schools that the Data Protection Act does not prohibit family and friends from taking photographs at school events. "It is disappointing to hear that the myth that such photos are forbidden by the Data Protection Act still prevails in some schools," the ICO said in a press release. "The act does apply when photographs of children are taken for official use by a school or college," the press release states. The ICO has released guidance for parents and schools to "dispel confusion" and "explain parents' rights under the act."
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