The Electoral Commission has warned voters against taking 'selfies' on their mobiles when inside polling stations that could breach the law.
The body has told polling station staff to consider displaying a notice inside polling stations to tell voters that no photography of any kind is permitted. The move comes ahead of the European Parliament election between May 22 and May 25.
The bulletin by the Electoral Commission noted: “The law relating to obtaining information in polling stations and disclosing such information is complex.
“Given the risk that someone taking a photo inside a polling station may be in breach of the law, whether intentionally or not, our advice is that you should not allow photos to be taken inside polling stations.”
The popularity of people using their phones to take pictures of themselves, also known as “selfies”, increased recently with a Cancer Research UK campaign.
The campaign urged women to post pictures of themselves wearing no make-up on social media sites such as Facebook, and nominate their friends to do the same.
Many people now use their smartphones as their primary camera, and this is leading to all kinds of new warnings from government bodies and public organisations regulating phone camera usage.
For example, public children's centres recently published rules prohibiting staff and parents from taking pictures or using their phones in nurseries.
Smartphone manufacturers have been boosting their camera technology in recent years, with the Nokia Lumia 1020 head of the pack, although Samsung and Sony have recently boosted their camera efforts too.
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