More tom foolery from corporations over photography in public places! Taken from the Herald Sun. Reproduced here for educational purposes.
TERRORISM fears have seen happy snaps banned at a site popular with tourists. Southgate management has posted "no camera" signs.
The signs are around the Yarra River retail and dining centre.
The edict follows an incident in which tourists were seen photographing "obscure" parts of buildings and were asked to delete the photos from their cameras.
They refused, and security called police to insist.
"We've had a couple of incidents of tourists taking photos of obscure things, and they were approached by security and asked to stop taking photos," Southgate property manager Kathy Barrance said.
"It was just the facades of buildings, things that would be of no interest to put in a photo album."
The new signs banning cameras state that "Southgate thanks you for not taking photos within the complex unless approved by management".
Ms Barrance said anyone found taking unauthorised photographs would be told to stop by roaming security guards.
"It's policy around Southgate for security to ask people not to photograph," she said.
Exceptions will be made for photos of such things as the Ophelia sculpture at the main entrance. "On the (Yarra) promenade, it's fine, or if it's of Ophelia," Ms Barrance said.
Asked if the restrictions were designed to deter terrorists from conducting reconnaissance, Ms Barrance said, "Yes, that type of thing."
Victoria Police told the Herald Sun it was unlikely any police officers would order the removal of images from a camera under such circumstances.
"I've checked with our privacy people and they said there's no law against taking photos," a spokeswoman said.
Southgate workers were stunned at the restrictions.
"I think it's stupid," Oras Charcoal Souvlaki Bar employee John Tsarpalas said.
"There's got to be better ways than that."
One shop owner who did not wish to be named, questioned whether there were any vital targets in the complex.
''It's a bit much. I know they are trying to protect us, but it's just a food court," she said
The shot above I took down there, so does this make me a terrorist?
Tourist photo ban over the top: PM
July 25, 2006
PRIME Minister John Howard has described a move to ban cameras from a popular Melbourne tourist precinct amid terrorism fears as "over the top".
Southgate management has erected "no camera" signs around the Yarra River retail and dining centre after security guards tried to force tourists to delete photos taken of "obscure" parts of buildings. The police were called when they refused.
Mr Howard said he did not think the terrorist threat in Australia warranted such a move.
"I think that is over the top," Mr Howard told ABC Radio.
"Everybody's got a camera now. Does that mean a mobile phone camera?
"I don't think the terrorist threat in this country warrants that. I really don't. "I don't know who did this and I don't wish to offend them, and I'm sure they mean well, but I do think that is going too far."
Southgate management said exceptions would only be made for photographs of things such as the Ophelia sculpture on the Yarra promenade.
"We've had a couple of incidents of tourists taking photos of obscure things and they were approached by security and asked to stop taking photos," the Herald Sun quoted Southgate property manager Kathy Barrance as saying.
"It was just the facades of buildings, things that would be of no interest to put in a photo album.