Our British readers will want to check out this petition. It states, simply and eloquently, "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Remove new restrictions on photography in public places."
(Thanks to Miguel Teixeira)
Featured Comment by Chris Bertram: "Okay, so I feel just a tiny bit conflicted about this...not about police harassment of photographers (or the harassment from PCSOs, security guards etc.), most of which is annoying and probably illegal, but, rather about the overexcited response to this bit of legislation, both here and elsewhere.
"As far as I can see:
"1. The legislation, which doesn't actually mention photography at all, doesn't give the police any powers they didn't have before, since all the 'eliciting of information' stuff was already potentially an offense.
"2. The overwhelming likelihood seems to be that the guidance under which the police will operate (issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers) will actually result in them behaving better than they have in the past. (And for those who say that it is only 'guidance,' it is the standard the courts would use to determine if the police acted reasonably.)
"3. The revised guidance is going to have input from photographers—so is likely to be a bit better than the existing version.
"By all means lets be vigilant about the police hassling photographers, but mostly when they do so it is out of ignorance of the law, and this new law doesn't amount to the Rubicon-crossing step it is being made out to be."