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Taking photos without permission is now illegal in Hungary By Robert Thivierge (User:Thivierr), Self-made (Digital camera photo taken by uploader). via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Licence

From March 15 2014. a new civil code in Hungary makes it illegal to take a photograph without obtaining permission from everybody in the photo.

Officials say expanding the law on consent to include the taking of photographs, in addition to their publication, merely codifies existing court practice, said The Guardian. According to the justice ministry, people taking pictures should look out for those who are are aware they are about to be photographed and are not waving in protest, nor trying to hide or run out of shot.

In the editing process the justice ministry statement was misinterpreted as advising people taking pictures to look out for those "who are not waving, or who are trying to hide or running out of shot". It should have said they should look out for those who are not waving in protest, nor trying to hide or run out of shot.

Also, the photo caption said photographers would have had to ask permission to take the shoppers' picture. This is not the case because they are not identifiable. These errors have been corrected, said The Guardian.

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