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kat1 | 17:10 Thu 08th Mar 2012 | Law
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A house i used to rent has put it back up for rent with a estate agent who has taken an outside picture with my car outside showing my reg. Are they allowed to do this?


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I used to work for an estate agent taking pics of houses and preparing the adverts - we always blurred out any vehicle registration numbers but don't know if this was courtesy or law - I would call the estate agents and voice your concerns -then again -does it really matter?
There are a few restrictions relating to airports, defence establsihments and so on. There are also some alleged restrictions under S44 of the anti-terrorism act and there was an instance of a tourist being arrested for taking a picture of a London bus, but this law has been wrongly interpreted on a number of occassions and its use is now less widespread.

That apart, photographs may be taken of anything or anybody (including children) in a public place. No permission need be sought. If you leave your car on a public road there is nothing to prevent it being photographed.
More people will probably see your car reg number every day when they walk/drive past than will see it on the estate agent's leaflet
Google earth shows everything so I imagine it must be legal.
In regard of Google Earth, it is actually their policy to blur registration plates and any that may slip through their "automatic blurring" net will be obscured upon request.
Given that one of the jobs I do (as a traffic survey supervisor) involves recording number plates of vehicles (and linking them to their movements), both manually and via video cameras, I sincerely hope that it's legal!

As NJ states, with only a very few exceptions, it's lawful to take a picture of anyone, or anything, as long as the photographer is:
(a) on his own property ; or
(b) on property where he has been given permission to take photographs ; or
(c) in a public place (such as in the street).
For example, it's perfectly legal to stand in the street and take pictures of people in their front gardens or (through their windows) inside their houses.

Even if I was to walk into your garden and to start taking photographs of you there, I would still not have committed any criminal offence. (Trespass and the unauthorised taking of photographs in a private place are both purely civil matters).

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Ok thanks everyone.
Hi Kat1

My car appeared on a street photograph. At the time the photograph was taken I ownd it but it had been sold when it appeared in the newspaper.

I did not complain and I never heard from the next owner.


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