There is nothing in post 9/11 law that restricts our rights to take photographs, argues a leading security expert in an article published in The Guardian.

The article, headlined: ?Since when did photography become a security threat?? was written by BT?s chief security technology officer Bruce Schneier.

Schneier stresses that photographers? rights to take pictures in public are worth fighting for and describes the perceived security threat as ?nonsense?.

He tells readers: ?Don?t propagate the terrorist-photographer story. Remind them that prohibiting photography was something we used to ridicule about the USSR. Eventually sanity will be restored, but it may take a while.?

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