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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Madness - The Urban Myth

BS

Contrary to what some of Nanny's acolytes would have us believe (eg those running Applecroft primary school in Welwyn Garden City), the taking of photos by parents of their kids in school nativity plays is not a criminal act.

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has decreed that parents should be free to photograph their children in nativity plays and that such photos do not breach the data protection laws.

This ruling, whether or not it carries any weight in itself (bear in mind the Nanny drones who try to enforce this nonsense are not trying to hide behind data protection laws, but are using other made up laws to get away with their nonsense), comes as one hapless father in Leicestershire was threatened by a Nanny drone at one school with arrest if he dared take a photo of his child.

The Information Commissioner's Office has now released guidance for schools, after receiving numerous queries from parents.

Mr Graham is quoted by the BBC:

"Having a child perform at a school play or a festive concert is a very proud moment for parents and is understandably a memory that many want to capture on camera.

It is disappointing to hear that the myth that such photos are forbidden by the Data Protection Act still prevails in some schools."

A common sense approach is needed. Clearly, photographs simply taken for a family album are exempt from data protection laws.

Armed with our guidance, parents should feel free to snap away this Christmas and stand ready to challenge any schools or councils that say 'bah, humbug' to a bit of festive fun
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The real question is whether the drones who try to ban photos will listen to this, and whether anyone has the guts to make a scene (at the risk of humiliating their kids) to overturn this nonsensical ban.

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4 comments:

  1. Tonk.9:48 AM

    You make good points Ken.

    I suspect this whole idea of no photographs relates to a few little people (teachers) that don't really have any power or control, hiding behind our nations daft obcession with child protection, to give themselves power and control.

    Of course, the other reason may well be that the school themselves want to take the pictures so they can sell them to daft parents....Kerching....A nice little earner!!

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  2. "Clearly, photographs simply taken for a family album are exempt from data protection laws"

    Oh dear, I'd never thought about this one, and I'll bet there's a lot of Nanny's minions who sill now see this as an opportunity to spoil things even more!

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  3. microdave1:59 PM

    The HSE publish a "myth of the month" on their website. Sadly it doesn't seem to stop the relentless march of Nanny's drones who use the 'Elf 'N Safety Act to try and exert ever more control over our lives.

    Similarly this guidance won't make a blind bit of difference until lots of parents challenge their children's schools. And even if they do, some will find themselves threatened with arrest as the Mail article I linked in the other post shows...

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  4. Lord of Atlantis3:53 PM

    microdave said: "...Similarly this guidance won't make a blind bit of difference until lots of parents challenge their children's schools. And even if they do, some will find themselves threatened with arrest as the Mail article I linked in the other post shows..."

    I normally abhore violence, but was going to say that I hope the parents so-threatened give the jumped up jobsworth threatening them in this manner a bunch of fives. However, I accept this would not help matters but make things worse, so perhaps a better idea would be to sue said jobsworth and their employers. After a few well-publicised cases of such incidents leading to large amounts being paid out in costs and damages, I feel sure they would think twice about such bans!

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