When all it takes is one additional click to upload a snap to the internet, you have a culture where none of us can say for sure how many of ourselves might exist on a phone or server somewhere.
What is needed is not law – we have law enough already – but a consensus to take the notion of privacy in a public place seriously.
Privacy tends not to arise when you’re in a public place (though the rule is not quite that simple.
Naomi Campbell won a breach of privacy case against the Daily Mirror for photos snapped as she entered a Narcotic Anonymous meeting – a public place, yes, but an occasion where it was reasonable to expect some privacy).
Most shared unauthorised images depend for their popularity on just this disparity. The issue is this – if you go around taking photos of people without their knowledge, you are being a creep.
Women, for example, often have more reason to feel vulnerable in public places than men do.
To act otherwise and take unauthorised snaps at will is to abuse that vulnerability.
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