More on photography as a human right

Just heard of a case in which the Euopean Court of Human Rights has ruled that a child’s human rights, specifically right to privacy, has been violated by taking a picture of the child in a hospital (via Photo Attorney).

While it is discussed as an expanding of privacy rights, it is nothing new in light of how right to privacy is considered in Finnish law. As a part of the right to privacy Finland has specific laws on using technical means to violate ones privacy. This means that in a place where an individual has an expectation of privacy permission must be obtained to take a photograph.

And then of course there are exceptions to the rule when considering newsworthiness etc., but the basic principle is clear.

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