Photos, nativity plays, and the Data Protection Act


This is just a quick reminder to anyone going to see their child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or house elf perform in the school nativity play or concert: the Data Protection Act does not prohibit you from taking photos or making a video of the performance for your own personal use.

Obviously you wouldn’t be able to sell your video of Class 3B singing ‘Oh Little Town of Bethlehem’ to the Israeli or the West Bank Tourist Boards, but if my school productions were anything to go by, you wouldn’t want to, anyway. Still, no one can stop you from snapping away for the family album, so says Christopher Graham. He’s the Information Commissioner, he knows about these things.

If you need to point anyone in the direction of the specific guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office, you can find it here.

Anyone for a quick rendition of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’?

(Thanks to Amateur Photographer for the reminder.)