A reported ban on many street photos in Hungary, under new privacy rules, has prompted the UK government to assess whether it will need to issue advice for British travellers.
Earlier this month, the Hungarian government issued a new ‘civil code’ that reportedly requires the photographer to obtain consent from everyone in a picture who is identifiable, regardless of whether the image is published.
The law, which took effect on 15 March, would mean a photographer could, for example, run the risk of being sued if a person wanders into shot and doesn’t want their picture taken, reported The Guardian earlier this month.
Over the past few days Amateur Photographer has been seeking advice for British travellers from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
However, the FCO is still waiting for clarification on the law, and how it may be implemented.
An FCO spokesperson said: ‘We review and amend our advice wherever necessary all over the world, so that British nationals travelling or working overseas have the best possible information to make informed decisions.’
The London office of the Hungarian Tourist Board is also looking into
the possible implications, but had yet to issue a response to a request
for comment at the time of writing.
Legendary war photographer Robert Capa, a founding member of famed picture agency Magnum, was from Hungary.
Magnum declined to comment.