Don’t want to be in this festival’s photographs? Then put a red dot on your head

Aug 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Don’t want to be in this festival’s photographs? Then put a red dot on your head

Aug 20, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The whole issue of privacy in a public place seems to keep coming up. People want their privacy, I get that. But they want it in public places, where everybody else can see. While privacy advocates might object to cameras being pointed anywhere near their general direction, they seem to forget they are seen by potentially hundreds of CCTV cameras a day.

One festival company, Haarlem Culinair, thinks they’ve found a solution, though. They’ve come up with a pretty ingenious opt-out scheme for festival-goers. Stick a great big red dot on your forehead.

The red-dot policy was introduced at a previous event. It’s listed in the terms and conditions handed out on flyers for the festivals.

Rule 12 is the one, with the little note below it, which (Google) translates to…

12. You give permission to use the photos and / or videos taken on the site for publication purposes

Note to point 12:
If you really do not want to be recognized in pictures or photos, then you should pick up a red dot at the organizer and stick it on your forehead. In the case of a check for publication, your image will be bleached. It may also be a lipstick-dot.

I always thought the idea of privacy in a public place was a pretty silly idea, and many legal systems around the world seem to agree. And a big red dot in the middle of your head just extends silliness. But apparently, it is necessary, especially with new GDPR regulations and photos of your face seemingly classed as “biometric data” thanks to advances in facial recognition and AI.

In the past, you could simply publish photos, but now you’re still working for five weeks if you have to check with everyone whether a photo or video can be put on the website.

– Haarlem Culinair

Once somebody with the red dot is spotted in a photo, then the organisation does not use those images, according to nu.nl. A big red dot definitely makes it quite obvious and easy to spot.

Haarlem Culinair organisers say that since the scheme began, out of 70,000 visitors, 3 have put red dots on their foreheads.

[via nu.nl]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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14 responses to “Don’t want to be in this festival’s photographs? Then put a red dot on your head”

  1. Pascal Popp Avatar
    Pascal Popp

    Works well, obviously…

  2. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Take image anyway — clone stamp out red dot – woo hoo!

  3. g_disqus Avatar
    g_disqus

    Maybe people must use red dot if they really WANT to be on photo.

  4. Douglas Smith Avatar
    Douglas Smith

    Yes. Lets walk around looking like a sniper is about to take us out

  5. Sasha Volnikov Avatar
    Sasha Volnikov

    And yet theres a photo of her ?

  6. Jose Corro Avatar
    Jose Corro

    Just put on a freaking mask!! Problem solved ?

  7. Miller Finch Avatar
    Miller Finch

    Good idea!

  8. DJ Kassettenrekorder ® Avatar
    DJ Kassettenrekorder ®

    reverse this idea

    1. Aankhen Avatar
      Aankhen

      My thoughts exactly.

  9. Del Robertson Somerville Avatar
    Del Robertson Somerville

    Barbara Streisand Effect for this poor lady… ?

  10. veryferry Avatar
    veryferry

    And what if an Indian person wants to be on the photos?
    This is by far the most idiotic “solution” I’ve ever seen and I sincerely hope this is a bad joke and not to be taken seriously.

    1. Renlish Avatar
      Renlish

      You do realise that the dots are STUPIDLY LARGE STICKERS and not the small painted dots, right?

      1. veryferry Avatar
        veryferry

        You do realize that my first line was not really all that serious, right?
        Still…doesn’t take anything away from my second line.

  11. Richard Doktor Avatar
    Richard Doktor

    I know people are lazy, but it won’t be that easy. According to the
    GDPR, everything is forbidden as long as those concerned have not
    actively _agreed_ and not “everything is allowed” and one must actively
    _disagree_ on this.
    Nope, that’s not how it works.