Not so sure/ torts, not illegal acts
These are not illegal acts. Both are civil wrongs, torts.
Originally Posted by matiki
The only way it would be illegal is if photos were for the purpose of blackmail or distribution of inappropriate images; or similar crimes.
Photographing someone with the intent of holding them up to ridicule is perfectly OK, especially if their behavior was in fact ridiculous.
To stay on topic, 'cop picking nose in public.' (Which by the way I wish someone had not used as the core for such a serious discussion-- I find the example offensive and inherently anti-cop, and I am not in that camp.)
If said cop was not picking his nose in public and the truth was bent, then you have slander or libel. And maybe deliberate infliction of emotional distress too.
(Never remember which one requires publication.)
Best bet in today's world. Every word you write, everything you do, will be seen by someone....and you can't even necessarily be sure your sweety isn't doing some amateur photography.
So lead a good clean life and behave like your pastor tells you to.