Is it legal for someone to film a minor in public without consent?

Someone filmed me while I was walking on the street and I
told him to stop and he continued to keep driving back
around to keep filming me. I felt harassed so I went up to
his car and hit him. Would that be considered self defense?
And can he get in trouble for filming me?

Asked on December 27, 2018 under Personal Injury, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

1) There is no blanket prohibition against filiming any person on the street so long as you do not use their image for commercial purposes (e.g. to make money) or you don't film them in a pornographic or indecent way (e.g. no "upskirt" videos), so his filming you, while creepy and inappropriate, was most likely legal. 
2) Hitting him was NOT self defense: it is only self defense if you are protecting yourself or another from imminent (immediate) physical harm or assault. Therefore, since you were not doing that, you committed assault and could be charged with a criminal act.


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