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You have no right to not be photographed in public

I was part of a debate yesterday on Facebook that began with my friend Raam Dev making an update. It was public, so I’m quoting it here:

My walk today took me through a school where I came across a bunch of little kids playing a supervised, but quite spirited game of girls vs boys tug-of-war. They were so excited, screaming and beaming smiles as they pulled. I wasn’t able to resist a huge smile and, as I often do with things that make me smile, I stopped for a moment to take a quick photo with my phone. Then, as I walked away, I was stopped and told that photos are not allowed. “Why?”, I asked. “Privacy concerns.” Sad world. That made me want to give up photography right there and stick to writing. I suddenly felt more grateful for free speech laws.

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