Please note that the information on this website regarding photographers' rights and UK law must not be regarded as authoritative. It is written in general terms with a view to increasing general everyday understanding. However it is neither intended to provide authoritative advice nor to be used as guidance in specific cases. Anyone seeking authoritative advice regarding such matters, or anyone involved in a particular legal case, must seek the advice of a suitably qualified solicitor.
In the UK, police officers do not have the power to delete digital images, destroy film-based images or prevent photography in a public place under Sections 43 or 44 of The Terrorism Act 2000. Once an image has been recorded, the police have no power to delete or confiscate it without a court order unless they suspect the image contains evidence of a crime.