Here in Europe we often take privacy rather seriously, and data privacy legislation has recently been updated.
A consequence of this is that street photographers have been reminded that publishing a photo of an identifiable person breaches legislation unless a signed intent (‘release’) has been obtained.
This photo below was a half second (or so) exposure to render the scene populated but to ensure faces aren’t identifiable. At a guess there would have been 200 people around, and several languages spoken - it’s not practical to ask everyone to sign a release, even if I could find a legally sound contract to present.
If I must compromise then I don’t mind the image result here. But a longer exposure will render the scene empty of people, which can look odd in a city scene. Shorter might not blur faces enough. Composition is a bit hit and miss too. A photo of people’s backs of heads isn’t visually interesting, I think. What to do ?
Few of us photographers have deep enough pockets to test the law (and I suspect a challenge would fail, and may well not be in the public interest anyway). It looks like we’re stuck with the difficulty. Is the genre of Street Photography dead ?
The enormous numbers of cctv cameras recording are also under the same legislation, but few of those images are published.
What do you think ?