“… Under existing laws, public access to pseudo-public spaces remains at the discretion of landowners who are allowed to draw up their own rules for “acceptable behaviour” on their sites and alter them at will. They are not obliged to make these rules public.
The result is that unless landowners choose to volunteer the information themselves, members of the public have no way of knowing what regulations they are bound by at some of London’s biggest open spaces and whether activities they enjoy a legal right to in other public areas – be they taking photos, holding a political protest or even simply sitting down and having a nap – are permitted, or whether they will result in removal by security guards….”
There appears to be a growing assumption here by some members of the public that people making photographs or video footage anywhere in public are somehow automatically committing a crime by doing so. To put it simply, no such crime is being committed. So please, vigilantes, cease your harassment.
I have put up a reference page with links to a couple of useful pages and a downloadable document on relevant Australian law as well as notes on some surprisingly common vigilante harassment situations: