Friday, 20 June 2014

Hungary photography crackdown: "No evidence" of tourism threat

New privacy rules in Hungary, which took effect on 15 March, prompted the UK government to consider whether to issue advice for British travellers.

It was feared that, under a new civil code, amateur and professional photographers would need to obtain consent from everyone in a picture who is identifiable, regardless of whether the image is published.

This reportedly meant that a photographer could, for example, run the risk of being sued if a person wanders into shot and doesn’t want their picture taken.

However, a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told Amateur Photographer yesterday: ‘We have seen no evidence, so far, that the law will affect British nationals, so we have not included it in travel advice.’

The FCO spokesman added: ‘It is something that we continue to monitor and, should our assessment change, we will amend our advice to reflect this.’

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