Every country deals with this question differently in terms of the law http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Country_specific_consent_requirements However - is it ethical to take photos of people in public places without their consent? For example - you are a man taking pictures of women at the beach without their consent or knowledge? I see some pictures posted here and there everywhere on the web, and do wonder if the photographer that took those photographs has a moral compass. How would they like it if a photographer took photos of their daughter or wife without their consent? How does a site like this deal with photos like this that could be viewed as unethical even if legal? What do you think?