Interesting question? Maybe so, or maybe not. We see lots of threads here posted by folks who allegedly were stopped either by public police personnel or private security employees (i.e. rent-a-cops) while shooting photographs. Almost invariably the poster is the "aggrieved" shooter. But in reality, in the United States, what is current law in this regard? I've offered some immediate thoughts below. I'd welcome some corrections/additions etc. from qualified folk here who can legitimately advance general understanding of what our "rights" are and, equally importantly, what they aren't. So here are some preliminary thoughts: In America, can I take a photo anywhere I want? Simple answer NO. But that leaves open the much larger question. When can you take a photo without question and when can you take one with permission? Here are some preliminary comments on the matter. Perhaps others, with expertise in the field of privacy rights (particularly as it relates to photographing at will), would add, correct etc. their thoughts A) The first step is to determine whether you are on public or private property. (i) Generally, if you are on public property, and unless posted otherwise (e.g. at a military or similar type of national security installation) you can take photos at any time and in any quantity. (ii) If, on the other hand, you are on private property (of any kind including museums, shopping malls, private university campuses, sports stadia etc.) you have little, if any right to freely shoot photos. B) If I am on public property what are my rights if confronted by a member of law enforcement? (i) Your strongest right is the freedom to silently walk away. Very few Americans realize that it is a basic civil right of anyone confronted by a law enforcement officer to just silently walk away from that person. If you are not doing anything illegal then no one has the right to stop you and demand to know what your are doing. (ii) The key here is silence. Its very hard to do when a police officer is asking you: What are you doing here? But the proper response is to first walk away and if you are pursued say no more than that you are leaving the place you are at. If further queried, go no further than to calmly say something to the effect: I am leaving this place, are you detaining me? (iii) This last comment, if necessary, should be said very calmly and as innocently as you are in the situation. It totally changes the relationship between you and the officer because if puts her/him on notice that any attempt to now detain you will have to be justified at the risk of unlawful detainment and/or arrest. C) If I am on private property what are my rights if confronted by a member of law enforcement? (i) Obviously, much less than if you are on public property. Being allowed onto someones private property (e.g. a mall or arena or private college campus) is a license to visit it is not a right to be there and so, yes, you can be evicted. (ii) That said, you are not totally at some security guards whim. You are firstly protected by the rights afforded to you by the license to be where you are at. So, for example, if you are a student on a campus you have a basic license right to be there and thus you have recourse if someone denies your access without due process. (iii) Nonetheless, unlike the public situation above you DO have to answer any queries regarding who you are and why you are in a particular location. Unlike the public place situation, you cannot simply walk away and stay within your rights.