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    I am 16 y/o so I posted this in the explorer section. Recently, as a 40-hour first responder, I responded to an accident where a gentleman had exited the vehicle while it was in motion. He suffered minor injuries. While on scene, a family friend, was in the area, had snapped a few quick photos of myself and the EMT's assisting the injured person. In the photos, it shows the patient but not their face or any identifying marks. Even so, would this be in violation of their privacy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by engine173351 View Post
    I am 16 y/o so I posted this in the explorer section. Recently, as a 40-hour first responder, I responded to an accident where a gentleman had exited the vehicle while it was in motion. He suffered minor injuries. While on scene, a family friend, was in the area, had snapped a few quick photos of myself and the EMT's assisting the injured person. In the photos, it shows the patient but not their face or any identifying marks. Even so, would this be in violation of their privacy?
    I can honestly say that I am not sure, in my opinion though the patient should have been notified before pictures were snapped of him/her as its there right to know whether or not pictures are being taken of them. As far as the privacy thing goes someone else will have to help you.

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    See a recent update on www.RossfordFire.com - roll-over MVA on I-75.
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    If the photos were taken in an area that was accessible by the public, it would be considered to be in plain view, so, no, it wouldn't be "wrong". There isn't anything wrong with taking photos of something that can be seen with the naked eye from an area that accessable by the public.

    Furthermore, since the photos do not show the patient's face or other identifying marks, this is a plus.

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    Short answer: any photo taken from a public right-of-way is fair game.

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    it would be if you took the photo of the patient

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    If a civilian passerby takes pictures of things that out in public view, then it is perfectly legal and should be expected. If you take a pictures or start showing people pictures, that could be illegal and would be unethical.
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